Before you say it, yes, I know it was a joke. It wasn’t a joke because it was April Fool’s Day though. It was a joke because everything the NDP does is a joke.
Consider this, the NDP issues a presser making fun of the Liberals for not reading the Parliament of Canada Act. Then, amazingly, they issue a fundraising ploy that directly offends the Parliament of Canada Act. This rank hypocrisy would obviously attract more attention than my puny sex and politics blog, if only someone cared to report on the NDP, ever.
This is the relevant provision. It’s the same one Larry O’Brien was prosecuted and almost convicted for when he ‘allegedly’ tried to bribe Terry Kilrea in the Ottawa mayoral race:
121. (1) Every one commits an offence who
(d) having or pretending to have influence with the government or with a minister of the government or an official, directly or indirectly demands, accepts or offers or agrees to accept, for themselves or another person, a reward, advantage or benefit of any kind as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with
(ii) the appointment of any person, including themselves, to an office;”
Or how about this doozy…
“125. Every one who
(a) receives, agrees to receive, gives or procures to be given, directly or indirectly, a reward, advantage or benefit of any kind as consideration for cooperation, assistance or exercise of influence to secure the appointment of any person to an office,
(b) solicits, recommends or negotiates in any manner with respect to an appointment to or resignation from an office, in expectation of a direct or indirect reward, advantage or benefit, …
is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years”
It is clear and obvious that the NDP did not actually intend to appoint anyone to the Senate of Canada. That was the joke. That is fine. What is also clear, however, is that the NDP did plan to make money based on this scheme, and making money is a “benefit of any kind,” wouldn’t you?
And unfortunately for the NDP, “just trying to be funny” is not a defence to trying to raise money for your political party by committing a crime.
Naturally, we can expect the NDP, of course, to return the relevant donations, since it was all a joke, you see, and the money isn’t real. Right? All a joke.