On several occasions, multiple partners of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, an accounting / consulting firm, made donations en masse on the same day to federal Conservative and Liberals.
According to François Rocher, the director of the University of Ottawa’s school of political studies, these donations aren’t illegal in and of themselves, because they come from individuals.
"What is, I would say, a little troubling is to see that many of these partners contributed the same day," Rocher said.
He underlined that corporate donations to political parties are prohibited.
"We can ask ourselves if all of this is part of a company's strategy to make itself known by political parties and eventually receive benefits as a result of these significant contributions. From this point of view, obviously, it would contravene the principles and spirit of Canada's electoral law," Rocher said.
The management of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton declined to comment on its associates' donations because, according to the company, they were of a personal nature and had nothing to do with the business.