Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lineup at the public trough may be getting shorter

The lineup at the public trough will be getting shorter if the Tory government has its way and cuts the more than $26 million a year of public financing that goes to support federal parties. Federal political parties receive a public subsidy of $1.75 per year for each vote they receive in a general election. (Update: this hand-out increased to $1.95 in Oct. 2008.)

quote-left-red-grey-bgDuring an economic crisis, Stephen Harper is more focused on putting the boots to his political adversaries than helping vulnerable Canadians protect their jobs and savings with a real economic plan.quote-right-red-grey-bg

– Liberal MP Scott Brison

The Conservative’s proposal will be presented today (Thursday) at 4:00 p.m. in the House of Commons as part of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s economic update.

The Tory party, which has to play under the very same rules as the other federal parties, believes it can do without the subsidy, so why can’t the others? Well apparently, the other parties rely heavily on government subsidies and bank loans to finance their party activities instead of implementing a sophisticated grass-roots-based fundraising system, such as the Tories have done.

Tory fundraising is said to raise as much as $20 million a year. They are reported to be the only party to finish the recent general election in the black.

For decades, the other parties have charged that the Tories are the party of big business and are beholden to the sector because of its influence in the party. But apparently these were empty, false claims. The Liberals and NDP are, of course, the ones who traditionally depended on corporations, unions and other large organizations for their financial support in contrast to Tory grass root support.

As to the Bloc and the Greens? Those pathetic excuses for political movements are, well, just pathetic and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the public trough.smleaf Boo, hoo.

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Harper’s statement “deficits are essential” and his pledge that “unprecedented fiscal stimulus is being considered” exemplifies an extremely ambitious, ruthless political animal who has demonstrated enthusiasm for selling out any small-c conservative principles he ever had for his office.

    Rather than directing us to be pragmatic, he should be advocating conservative pragmatism. Harper must sell numerous assets and cut the $200 billion operation budget big time which would permit him to equivalently cut payroll taxes; thereby putting money quickly in the hands of those who would immediately spend it. Tax cuts would get money spent earlier than infrastructure spending which necessitates planning, and environmental studies, ect.

    Legitimate small-c fiscal, social and judicial conservatives, who already feel abandoned, are adamant that, under no circumstance, should Canada practice deficit spending. As Don Drummond was quoted as saying the other day: ” That’s not something Ottawa should take lightly,”