Friday, May 20, 2011

An end to electoral welfare

If you had any doubt that the Tories would end electoral welfare, let it end now. I am very pleased.

Government to end party subsidies in next budget

By Althia Raj

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government will move quickly to cut the financial legs of its political opponents by moving to end the per-vote party subsidy in its June budget, Postmedia News has learned.

“We want political parties to raise funds directly from their supporters and not the taxpayers. So as soon as we can get that passed, that process will begin,” Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal told Postmedia news.

Uppal said he couldn’t discuss whether the government planned a weaning off process for political parties. He said ministers were “still finalizing all these things.”

A government source, however, said there would be a phasing out process ending the subsidy over time.

10 comments:

Sixth Estate said...

"“We want political parties to raise funds directly from their supporters and not the taxpayers. So as soon as we can get that passed, that process will begin,” Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal told Postmedia news."

If they really wanted that, they'd cut down the massive party donation tax credit too. What they're doing is just opportunism.

Anonymous said...

They can't kill the per vote subsidy fast enough for my liking!
While they are at it, the 75% tax credit for political donations should (and hopefully will) be slashed to the 25% eligible for any other charitable donation.

Scott said...

Or better yet, raise the tax credit for charitable donations.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Harper on this one. Oh! I also told Harper that after his decision to appoint "those three loser candidates" to the Senate I was not going to send any money to the conservatives either. Good, now off to Tim Horton's for a double-double and a donut and reflect on why I voted conservative..!

Anonymous said...

I know why I voted, and I know I will continue to send the most I can. To anony 4:57 - maybe you would have liked to have the committees chaired by the same persons that started the whole contempt of parliament thing - without those three senators, the chairs would have been the opposition - for the next four years.

Anonymous said...

Good Comments everyone. The reason why I am choked on my conservative vote is "who" he selected for the Senate not how-come. Issue by issue the conservative mandate will identify itself...I am hopeful that it will be ok..just not sure. After so many elections as a voter I feel like willy nelsons guitar, over used, battered, bruised, and a little worn-out. I am not say-in that I am right, just disappointed in what this decision meant to appoint these three after their constituents rejected them. Bad optics for me. Over to you....!

Rob said...

Has anyone noticed that everyone is talking about Senate reform?
Those fainthearted people seem to have forgotten that PMSH is one of the smartest PM's My Canada has had in a very long time,and he has the patience of a rock.
He needs to get people talking and paying attention be fore he can do anything as big as Senate reform.

Sixth Estate said...

"While they are at it, the 75% tax credit for political donations should (and hopefully will) be slashed to the 25% eligible for any other charitable donation."

That's not in the platform. Making parties compete is well and good, but keeping just the subsidies you're benefiting from is pure opportunism., not principle.

Dave Hodson said...

Anon @ 2.38 said...
"While they are at it, the 75% tax credit for political donations should (and hopefully will) be slashed to the 25% eligible for any other charitable donation."

And Scott said...
"Or better yet, raise the tax credit for charitable donations."

No doubt that for those who make small contributions, the political credit is more generous than credits for charitable donations.

However, there are actually opposite incentives built into the two credits. For example, the 75% credit on political donations only applies to contributions up to $400, after which, the rate starts to decline, and eventually reaches nil. Conversely, the credit actually increases on charitable donations as you give more.

For example, if I were make the maximum federal political contribution allowed, which would be $2,200 ($1,100 to the party headquarters plus $1,100 at the riding association level), I would receive tax credits that would reduce my total tax bill by only$650--a far cry from a 75% rebate!. However, if I donate that same $2,200 to a charity, based on my income and the province in which I live (your mileage may vary slightly), my taxes would actually be reduced by $974!

Gerald said...

Senator Josee Verner is a sweetheart,and that's a better reason for her being a senator than them Lieberal hacks.Gerald Mcgarrigle

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