Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre says it boils down to the right of candidates to spend money as they see fit.Oh, well that's fantastic! Candidates have the right to spend money as they see fit during an election, but individual Canadians or third party groups? Well that would just be silly. Heck, the Conservative government outright banned corporate donations, completely ignoring corporations' freedoms of speech and association.
But when the people passing all these laws actually have to obey them? Well, that's an infringement of their freedom! And we can't have that.
I felt a lot better about the rampant destruction of free speech in this country before I knew that a few politicians - the ones in government no less - understood that it includes the right to spend your money to promote a certain message.