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Thursday, November 27, 2008

$290 million in subsidies to political parties since 2004: Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has produced research that exposes the full scope of public subsidies to political parties as the Harper Conservative propose scrapping the per vote subsidy scheme.

Mark Milke, Director of Research for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, has produced a research report analysing public financing for Canada’s federal political parties between 2000 and 2008.

Here’s a review of the findings:

• Public subsidies to political parties have increased dramatically since 2004 when existing subsidies were increased and a new annual “allowance” (paid in quarterly instalments) was enacted.

• Since 2000 and to the end of 2008, taxpayer subsidies to political parties are estimated at $313 million with $290 million of that paid out since 2004.

Milke’s research also reveals that “the Bloc Quebecois was in a weakened financial position in recent years but was rescued by public financing.”

The parties least dependent on public financing are the Conservatives and New Democrats.

You can get the complete Frontier Centre report here.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 27, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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I hope the Conservatives stick to the plan of ending political party welfare. I've always felt it was an insult to the taxpayer to have their taxes used to support the likes of the seperatist Bloc. Judging by the reaction of the MSM so far, along with the Liberals, Bloc. and NDP you'd think the sky was falling. The sense of entitlement these parties feel towards Canadians pocket books is well established, and I hope the Conservatives have the strength of conviction to not back down.

Posted by: Sean | 2008-11-27 4:41:28 PM

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