The system we now have  in Canada is that each political party receives a subsidy of $2 for each vote they receive in a general election.  So if the separatist Bloc receives a million votes they are entitled to $2million from  the public  purse.  In fact most of the Bloc’s funding comes from this tax-payer subsidy.

Can you imagine that if there were a separatist party in Texas?  Would Washington subsidize them?  Get real.

Many Canadians strenuously oppose the vote subsidy because they don’t want any of  their money going to a separatist party in Quebec.

Harper  has promised to end the vote subsidy across the board if he wins the next election.

Doesn’t the vote subsidy avoid the millions sloshing around for American  elections?

Should political parties be subsidized?

What do you think?


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    Vin Smith Says:

    …A vote subsidy is an intriguing idea. Looks like a good method of making all elections publicly funded. That would end some of the corruption in the U. S. system that big money coming from special interests promotes. Actually, the U. S. should look very carefully at the Canadian models. A parliamentary form of governance would be an improvement over American gridlock.

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    No. We need to get rid of the subsidy. It gives all the advantage to those who already have all the power, and makes it impossible for newer groups to get any attention at all, no matter how appealing their ideas and platforms might be.

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    Vin Smith Says:

    …Lady Janus has a good point. Obviously, he who has the money has the wherewithal to grab the eyes and ears of the public. So I reverse myself. It’s like I tell my family, I am always right–eventually. As soon as I find out I’m wrong, I adjust my thinking, and then credit the source. My adversaries like to say I flip flop. That is not the case.

    The great Dale Carnegie listened to a man who took him to task about something Carnegie had written. When the man finished laying out his argument, Carengie said, “I agree with you!” Needless to say, the gentleman in question was startled. Carnegie then replied, “It’s a feeble mind that stays with an opinion when contrary evidence outweighs his initial assessment!”

    Some better form of public election funding ought to be found for Canada, and then duplicated in the states. Special interests control much of the political maneuverings in the U. S. That must stop. We must put the plutocracy that exists in American governance to an end.

  4. Any party registered with Elections Canada and fielding candidates in an election gets a certain amount for every vote registered in it’s favor, even the smallest ones. For many it means the difference between life and death.
    The other source of money is the general public Thoses subsidies were put in place when companies and enterprises were forbidden to contribute to political parties coffers. Harper knows full well that cancelling these subsidies would stiffle opposition parties and bring back backroom deals of the kind Vin deplores in the U.S.
    The system may not be perfect but it does reduce corruption or, at least, make it more difficult. Of course Conservatives and Libertarians of all stripes are against it since it favours the little guy and reduces the big guy’s power.

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    I’d like to start a federal political party.

    It would be called, simply, “Dissolution” and would be a one-issue party devoted to the dissolution of the Canadian nation.

  6. Tony, that field is already rather crowded: besides the Bloc, you have the Canada West party, the Alberta party, the Wild Rose party (Alberta’s far right), The Northern Ontario party and maybe some that have not yet come forward.
    I suggest you join the Wild Rose.

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    Twana Says:

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