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.