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Friday, November 28, 2008

'Defend Our Democracy' website launched by Green Party

“Canadians are waiting for real leadership, instead we get a $300 million election and now an irrelevant and inappropriate partisan attack on democracy,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth today in response to the Harper Government’s plan to cut the $1.95 per-vote subsidy to political parties.

The Green Party has launched defendourdemocracy.ca to fight this proposal, which would cut about $30 million is annual funding to the major political parties, including $1.3 million annually to the Greens.

In a press release, the party stated:

Despite the global financial crisis which is destroying the jobs, pensions and savings of hard working Canadians, the Conservative Government has decided to spend their time playing petty politics. In the same spirit that led the Prime Minister to threaten a boycott of the leaders' debate if Elizabeth May participated he now has his finance minister announcing his intention to cut federal funding of political parties. These cuts are an assault on the fair financing rules brought about through sweeping reforms--reforms which were designed to eliminate the power of Big Corporate Money in our elections. Harper wants that power back.

The Conservative Party is using the financial crisis as a cover in an attempt to eliminate the political opposition in Canada, despite the fact that his government only got a little over one third of the votes of Canadians. This is a blow to democracy. It means that smaller parties that are trying to make a difference in the Canadian political landscape will be effectively shut down. It means voices will be silenced.

According to research produced by the Frontier Centre, $290 million in taxpayer subsidies have been provided to political parties since 2004, about the cost of the last federal election.

For a different perspective on this growing controversy, read “Green Party: We need welfare” by Western Standard editor Peter Jaworski here.

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(Image taken from the masthead of defendourdemocracy.ca)

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on November 28, 2008 in Canadian Politics | Permalink

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Fringe parties like the Greens will remain on the fringe as long as they are single issue parties. That will remain the case no matter how important that one issue is. Mr. Obama in the states has shown the possibility of raising a large campaign treasury through many small contributions. When the Green Party shows that it is capable of gaining support for its policies, it will gain adherents and contributions.

Posted by: DML | 2008-11-28 6:59:33 PM


To say that a Harper government elected by only 37.6% of those who voted in the last election would be more legitimate than a coalition government made up of two parties whose combined popular vote was 44.4% is ridiculous.

If the Greens, who won 6.8% of the vote supported the soon to be formed Liberal-NDP coalition government, this new government would represent 51.2% of the voters. Now wouldn't that be refreshing....and legitimate!

Posted by: Paul George | 2008-11-29 11:18:11 AM


Whiners.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-29 11:42:30 AM


If the Greens, who won 6.8% of the vote supported the soon to be formed Liberal-NDP coalition government, this new government would represent 51.2% of the voters. Now wouldn't that be refreshing....and legitimate!
Posted by: Paul George | 29-Nov-08 11:18:11 AM

Since the Greens don't have any seats in Parliament who f***ing cares who they support.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-29 1:22:10 PM


(Image taken from the masthead of defendourdemocracy.ca)
Posted by Matthew Johnston

Looks like Captain Canuck standing in front of a Imperial Japanese Army flag.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-29 1:27:02 PM


"Fringe parties like the Greens will remain on the fringe as long as they are single issue parties. That will remain the case no matter how important that one issue is. Mr. Obama in the states has shown the possibility of raising a large campaign treasury through many small contributions. When the Green Party shows that it is capable of gaining support for its policies, it will gain adherents and contributions."

Absolutely correct on every count. The Green Party has a broad platform, with substantial policy positions on electoral reform, fiscal conservatism, animal rights, and many other areas of concern to significant constituencies, aside from environmental issues. As a result they are continuing to attract support from numerous groups and individuals beside core environmentalists. The Greens, starting in 2004 realised significant contributions online, and last year raised their online fundraising totals to well over $1mm. They continue to grow their donor base as described here, as they become increasingly viable.

Please note that electoral finance reform is an important policy, that resonates with Canadians who are concerned about the influence of private money in politics. While preserving their budget, they will, in a very credible manner be advancing their arguments in favour of public funding with this initiative. This will naturally (and counterintuitively) increase their donor base, in the cause of eliminating their donor base! Prettty neat huh?

Posted by: bluegreenblogger | 2008-11-29 3:36:57 PM



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