Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he respects the way Elections Canada interprets campaign financing law, but says his Conservative party had a difference of opinion during the 2006 election campaign.

Harper is fending off charges laid against four of his top party officials over the so-called in-and-out financing scheme that Elections Canada alleges allowed the Conservatives to exceed their 2006 campaign spending limit by more than $1 million.

The Federal Court of Appeal this week overturned an earlier civil suit victory by the Conservatives, prompting a raucous afternoon in the House of Commons.



Elections Canada alleges that 67 Conservative candidates, including three current cabinet ministers, submitted false statements to Elections Canada.

Now, four party officials have been charged for falsifying returns.

The appropriate legal remedy for violating the Elections Act is that they be barred from parliament.

Those candidates who are themselves also members of the legal profession should be disbarred.

Eugene Parks, Victoria, B.C.