Here's a letter to the editor I sent to the Globe and Mail in response to this editorial:
Your recent editorial on Canada’s election finance laws failed to mention their most obvious drawbacks.
These are the laws which impose artificial limits on how much money Canadians can donate to political parties and how much those political parties can spend during elections.
As such they infringe on free political expression; they confer an unfair advantage to incumbents and hurt smaller political parties; they almost guarantee candidates for a party’s leadership will face mountains of personal debt; and apparently they force political parties into undertaking questionable accounting practices.
In short, they undermine Canadian democracy.
That’s why instead of being revised, these campaign finance laws should be scrapped.