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Friday, December 05, 2008

Poll: Canadians oppose party subsidies

This is really interesting. According to the Ipsos Reid poll:

Sixty-one per cent of voters said they oppose federal political parties securing $1.95 annually for each vote, which is a major source of party funding.

On the other hand, only 36% of those polled said that the subsidy should continue to exist.

It sounds like Prime Minister Harper was on the right track when he proposed eliminating the subsidies.

Posted by Terrence Watson on December 5, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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If there is an election and if the voters cast their ballots in the same way as the polls suggest, which subsidy would the political parties receive?

The one from the election seven weeks ago or the one in March?

As I recall, Flaherty said the subsidy would be in effect until April.

Is there one payout for one election per year; or one payout per election?

Would be interesting to know.

Posted by: set you free | 2008-12-05 1:26:40 PM

It's interesting, but only as a curiosity as long as a majority of the House opposes it. It's not a ballot issue for voters, but it's a do-or-die one for politicians.

Posted by: Janet Neilson | 2008-12-05 1:47:06 PM

Let us imagine the removal of these subsidies. I am sure that the Liberals, NDP and Bloc will lodge complaints with the HRCs and most likely win.

Seriously the subsidies must end along with the cap on donations. Let the parties rely solely on donations from their supporters. Furthermore there should be no restrictions on independent individuals or groups placing ads during an election campaign.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-05 2:51:40 PM

i'm completely amazed by these poll results and don't fully trust them. i don't trust anything anymore, not after what's just happened. the purpose of public subsidy is to prevent corruption in politics. i would support a complete removal of PRIVATE donations to political parties! do canadians really want their political parties to be mouthpieces for corporations and corrupt special interest groups? i'm shocked.

Posted by: blah | 2008-12-06 1:00:45 AM

Blah must belong to the canadian communist party.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-06 12:12:28 PM

what an amazing use of logic. there are libraries of reports that prove quite conclusively that private funding of political parties leads to total corruption in government. it's not hard to think it through. if joe gives the xyz party $500000 dollars, joe is giving the party the money to accomplish a task that is entirely independent of (and hence plausibly in conflict with) the will of the people that voted in the party. why would joe give the party the money if they were just going to do what he wanted anyways? this private financing is simply bribing and lobbying and is a complete subversion of democracy. political parties cannot be dictated by the whims of their wealthy donors, it has to stop for us t move forward. yet, i'm a communist? is it because i respect the will of democracy and want a system that is fundamentally designed to minimize bribery and corruption? is that communism? sure, they'll take your $20 but that's not what it's all about. it's about getting multi-million dollar checks from banks and oil companies. the other thing to point out is that when i vote for a party, i'm paying them the $1.95. when you vote for a party, you're paying them the $1.95. so, alberta is not sending money to the bloc because alberta cannot vote for the bloc. it is equivalent to adding $1.95 to the tax check you send in knowing the $1.95 is going to the party you voted for.

Posted by: blah | 2008-12-06 2:04:04 PM

Corporation / Unions / Special interest groups can't donate to political parties, and the most an individual can donate is $1,000.00

>when i vote for a party, i'm paying them the $1.95. when you vote for a party, you're paying them the $1.95
Right, with everyone else's money.

Posted by: von | 2008-12-07 9:26:03 AM

Rubbish blah. The present system rewards parties that should not even exist such as the Bloc. This is the same as a provincial party but which gets rewards with funds coming from elsewhere in Canada.

By the way the claim that unions cannot donate to political parties is incorrect. It should be that all political parties rely solely on donations from individual supports and fund raising events. By the way there is an abundance of corruption under the present subsidy system, so your argument there is false. And yes the concept of wanting to force everyone to the same level is a tenet of communism.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-07 6:04:27 PM

Sorry I wrongly attributed to blah the claim that unions cannot donate to political parties. It was from von but still incorrect.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-07 6:08:56 PM

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