The federal NDP has acknowledged it broke the rules when it launched a Jack Layton memorial fundraising campaign after their leader passed away in August. The NDP campaigned on behalf of the Broadbent Institute, a left-leaning think thank; the Canada Elections Act strictly prohibits political parties from soliciting donations on behalf of any entity other than the party itself, one of its candidates, a leadership contestant or a district association. The party admitted it broke the rules, and has returned the money to all contributors. The commissioner of elections, William Corbett, said that in letting the party off so easily, he took into account that it acknowledged and accepted responsibility for its breaches, co-operated with his office and took corrective action within days of starting the campaign.

Source: CTV News