The 2015 Spur Festival in Toronto brought to life important conversations that many Canadians had not yet pondered. Whether it was regarding the precariousness of young workers in today’s economy, the future of wearable technology, or the role of money in elections, Spur offered great discussion on all topics. However, as we Canadians move into election season, I found the topic of money affecting politics to be both extremely relevant and extremely worrisome. We have recently seen in the news scandals of large “political action committees” used by Canadian political parties to influence party power. In fact, the renowned economist Robert Reich has also warned that the influence of money in Canadian politics is rapidly moving towards that of the United States.
During the Spur conversation with Daniel Schulman and Anna Porter, participants saw just how significant election funding could amount to in the United States. The panellists left off by providing a cautious conclusion regarding the importance of keeping funding restrictions alive and respected in Canada.
As the Canadian federal elections approach and news of unethical election funding technique continues to make headlines, the Spur event reminds Canadians to be cognizant of this influence and to rise as concerned citizens if Canadian political ethics advances towards its nadir.