Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will slash almost $30 million a year in public funding for federal parties, in a move that would save taxpayers' money but deal a major financial blow to opposition parties, CTV News has learned.
Good for tax payers? Good for democracy?
For each party on the left, this hand in the public trough represents the following percentages of their actual fund raising:
- Bloc Quebecois: 86 per cent
- Green Party: 65 per cent
- Liberals: 63 per cent
- NDP: 57 per cent
It is apparent from these numbers that these parties cannot reach out to the public in any meaningful sense, they cannot inspire their supporters to support them, all they can do is dupe Canadians into voting for them to stop the Liberals, or the Conservative hidden agenda, or to pretend to have a separatist agenda. That is hardly inspiring. That wouldn't get me to fork over my hard earned, overly taxed cash.
It's absolutely brilliant, a massive attack on their political enemies all wrapped up in the guise of being fiscally responsible in the face of the "global economic uncertainty". It will also have the great benefit of delaying any election as no party but the Conservatives will be able to fight another election.
Brilliant. Savvy. Ethical?