07 Jun Secret donations (cont.)
Contrarian reader Rodger Rowden disagrees:
Unless political parties are exempt from PIPEDA [the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act], there may very well be legal problems with releasing donor information.
PIPEDA is a companion to the federal Privacy Act. The latter applies only to governments and government agencies. The former applies only to “organizations that collect, use, and or disclose personal information in the course of commercial activities [contrarian emphasis].” Political parties fall into neither category. If apologists for Liberal Party and NDP pre-election secrecy are right, we should soon see prosecution of the Tories and the Greens for coming clean with voters.
Guess what? We won’t.