My friend Tash Kheiriddin has an excellent piece on the bq. It's time to vote Tory and get rid of the bloc!
Yes they do – thanks to money from the voters in all those other provinces. The Bloc receives $2,750,000 a year, courtesy of our nation’s public voter subsidies. Yet it spends all that money on one province. If it had to subsist on the money it actually raises – a scant $835,000 in 2009, the most recent year for publicly available figures – Mr. Duceppe would be riding in a mini-van instead of a tour bus.
The Tories have pledged to end these subsidies, but will only be able to do so if they get a majority. If I were Stephen Harper, I’d order copies of the Bloc platform summary (you can only get the full version in the language of Moliere, quelle surprise) dropped on every doorstep in every swing riding in English Canada. Even if the Tories have to pay the printing costs themselves, it’s a sure-fire vote getter.