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Anno Nimus 05/18/11, 20:43
|Canada's current leadership is saying they're going to do away with the vote subsidies for political parties. For those of you unfamiliar with this policy, what it means is that every party gets two dollars from the public coffers for every vote they got. Doing away with it means parties would have to rely solely on donations to run their campaigns.|
Harper and the Conservatives are touting this as a cost-cutting measure; something to save the taxpayers money. The cynic in me, however, thinks they just want to hobble the other parties, as the Tories frequently score the most donations. Furthermore, in ridings like mine that are dominated by a single party, that two dollar subsidy is pretty much the only thing you accomplish by voting for the opposition. I think getting rid of the subsidy would be bad for those reasons, but I'd be interested to hear from people who probably know more about this than I do.
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