The reason I asked to question was in one of the committee hearing when Schreiber was on the hot seat, when asked a question by one of the Conservatives on the panel, he said he had given money to the Liberals and the Conservatives, to which the Tory member said, "That's not us, that was the Progressive Conservatives". So I am still wondering what is the difference. Now, I think the difference is Harper uses the name "Conservative" to get the votes in the East but rules like a reformer.
Well, the short answer is that legally the Progressive Conservatives, the former Reform/Alliance and the present CPC were and all completely different animals!
A party is not some kind of high school club. It is a legal entity, like a corporation. It has its own money and its own debts. Each is responsible to the law for only its own sins. The CPC is no more responsible for something the old PCs did than is the Liberal party or General Motors!
So if the PCs gave a bribe to Schreiber the present CPC has no responsibility at all. It was not just a completely different group of people but a completely different organization.
Would you blame the Boy Scouts for a sin committed by the Shriners?