Thursday, 6 December 2012
Dole out subsidies for country club Conservative donations?
While the circumstances in Quebec may be worse than in the rest of the country, there remain several loopholes that allow for a small number of wealthy individuals to finance politicians to victory. The magnitude isn’t necessarily comparable to George Clooney or a casino mogul throwing multi-million dollar fundraisers for a certain party or candidate, yet pumping any additional sums of private money into politics will make the system more susceptible to corruption.
In that regard, the federal Conservatives set back our democracy when they moved to scrap the most fair and democratic form of political contribution, the per vote subsidy over the next three years. Their rationale was that taxpayers shouldn’t be financing political parties, however the individual or private contributions they support are more costly through their subsidization by taxpayers. Any serious reforms should have the per vote subsidy as the sole source of funding [my emphasis added].
("Quebec corruption probe a national wake up call for campaign finance reform". Michael Quqish (June 26, 2012). Ipolitics)
|Crowned Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister.|
Opposes the democratic per vote subsidy yet
doesn't oppose expense reimbursements that
benefit his Conservative party.
Image Source: Alyssa McDonald/Winnipeg Metro
Brian Pallister, for the record, has claimed that there's some big difference between getting expenses reimbursed (which apparently is good) and having parties subsidized based on their popular support (which is bad, for some reason).I have no clue what the difference is - maybe having money doled out based on the decisions of a majority of the population is worse than having money doled out based on the spending decisions of an elite few.
So, is subsiding donations better than giving all voters a say in who gets the dough next election? Should country club Conservatives have more say than hard-working poor janitors, bus drivers, and farmers?
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