Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Let's get rid of ten percenters and party subsidies

I am not a big fan of the ten percenters. I have received many from the grits which are nothing more than Tory bashing. Then of course this odious one from Ms. bennett. I agree with my fellow Blogging Tories, let's get rid of ten percenters and the political party subsidies.

7 comments:

Ted Betts said...

I steadfastly refuse to believe anyone really cares about the per vote subsidy if they are not also calling for the much more expensive, more undemocratic tax deduction subsidy that currently benefits the Conservatives enormously.

The per vote subsidy at least has a democratic element to it: money per vote of actual support. So you don't have Conservatives funding Liberals or vice versa.

However, the tax deduction subsidy has taxpayers funding 75% of each donation to a party, meaning that non-Conservatives are funding Conservatives. If the claim made by anti-per vote subsidy advocates that "If parties wish to campaign, let them raise their own money" is genuine, then the tax deduction subsidy should be up there at the top of the list. For some reason it is not. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that they rake in way more donations and would stand to lose way way more.

What makes the tax deduction subsidy even worse is that it provides an incentive to fund political parties over charities. That is a problem that the per vote subsidy also does not have.

The tax deduction subsidy that benefits the Conservatives should go. At the very least, the deduction should be reduced to below the deduction rate for charities.

But with no surprise you only ever hear from Harper and co. about the per vote subsidy.

Jen said...

O/T/ Roy, this will please you.


Jean Charest's green smokescreen

The Quebec Premier's environmental posturing masks his dependence on Albertan oil money

ERic Duhaime, National Post
Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010


'A report from the Canadian Energy Research Institute reminds us that Alberta's and Saskatchewan's oil sands will account for 292,000 person-years of work in Quebec over the next 25 years.

And let's not forget that for all Chartest's talk, Quebec remains a big polluter. For each million dollars in GDP, Quebec produces 129 kg of toxic products, compared to only 102 kg for Alberta.'

Read on......

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=2686647

Hinchey's Store said...

Thanks for the plug sir!

Fred from BC said...

Ted Betts said...

I steadfastly refuse to believe anyone really cares about the per vote subsidy if they are not also calling for the much more expensive, more undemocratic tax deduction subsidy that currently benefits the Conservatives enormously.


Wow...you managed to miss that point by a mile, Ted. Here it is in child-friendly language, okay?:

If the Liberals are determined to make a big deal about saving 10 million dollars by doing away with the '10-percenters', they should have expected that someone might bring up the per-vote subsidy that costs about *30* million dollars.

I'd love to see this just to watch the faux outrage...;)

Ted Betts said...

Exactly. This business about the per vote subsidy is clearly a faux outrage.

As for the 10%er, the Conservatives revealed themselves in their 4 years to be the biggest spending, fiscally imprudent government in our history, their budget showed they don't give a crap about the deficit, and their reaction to cost cutting proposals like the Liberals' (which was strongly endorsed by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation by the way) just confirms their disinterest in doing anything responsible about our finances.

Just because there are other things that could also be cut doesn't mean you should support wasteful spending like the 10%ers.

Of course, with 62% of them being spewed out by Conservatives, it is no wonder they are in favour of this wasteful use of taxpayer money for partisan propaganda, just like they like to use taxpayer money for their partisan TV ads and polling.

Harper's never seen a taxdollar that he didn't try to use for partisan benefit.

Owner and Doggy said...

You agree with your fellow blogging Tories? It was the Liberals who suggested this first.

Ted Betts said...

NDP vote with the Liberals and now the 10%ers are history!

Finally, someone in Ottawa is doing something about the deficit. More likely he will again ignore Parliamentary democracy and continue wasting taxpayer dollars.

It should come as no surprise that the Conservatives support this ongoing waste of taxpayer dollars, spending the Canadian Taxpayer Federation calls one of worst offenders when it comes to government waste and overspending.

Hopefully, after seeing what leadership looks like, Harper will follow suit.

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