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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Only in Canada could the BQ receive government subsidies

Canada must be one of the very few countries on earth in which a party with the objectives of the Bloc Québécois (BQ)would receive government subsidies.

In Canada, any registered party that obtains at least 2% of all valid votes cast at a general election or at least 5% of the valid votes cast in the electoral districts in which it ran a candidate in a general election is eligible for an annual allowance equivalent to $1.75 per valid vote obtained.

As a result, the BQ will receive over $3 million dollars in 2008 federal government allowances to help it meet its objective of breaking up our federation. And, as incredible as it may seem, the majority of this subsidy comes from the pockets of taxpayers outside the province of Quebec.

Perhaps and even greater injustice is the fact that the approximately 60 per cent of people in Quebec who want their province to remain within the Canadian federation are forced—through the federal tax system—to help subsidize a political party that advocates taking Quebec out of the federation.

This is shameless nonsense.

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  1. I don't disagree with your point at all and I feel the same about the Bloc and Greens being given equal airtime both in debates but on the CBC with 'real' parties.

    But, I would add that if Duceppe (whose english is vastly better than Dion's) had run candidates outside of Quebec he may well have gotten enough seats to be the official opposition. The West initially had real affection for Chretian and it seems to me that Duceppe has the same appeal.

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