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This will conclude one major issue between the party and the agency that regulates election spending in Canada. The Conservatives near the end of the 2006 election had spent all they could at the national level, so they sent money to pay for "National ads" to local ridings. The day after the money was sent it was withdrawn to pay for the ads airtime.
This practice is called in and out. In this case it is a violation of the elections act. The Conservatives in effect had spent all the legally were permitted too, so they attempted to subvert the limit by having local candidates run the ads and bill them against their local election expenses which are separate from national expenses.
More on the deal reached between the parties will be revealed this afternoon in a court room in Ottawa.
UPDate: Conservative Part agrees to pay $52,000 fine
Hey, that's not bad, spend One Million Dollars more than you are permitted and pay $52,000. At that price they could afford to spend as much as they liked!