This makes me very happy and not only because it will stick the knife deeper into tHe entitled grits. If a political party can't raise money, why should it get state money. The grits have had years to learn how to do grassroots fundraising. The real problem is the grits have lost any connection to their grass roots.
OTTAWA — The Harper government will introduce legislation Tuesday to scrap direct taxpayer subsidies for federal political parties over three years, Postmedia News has learned.
The move eventually will save nearly $30 million annually for the federal treasury, but could cause critical financial shortfalls for many of the parties — particularly the opposition parties which have come to rely on the government subsidies for a large portion of their annual funding.
Ultimately, it will mean all parties will have to become much more aggressive and sophisticated in persuading Canadians to make their own donations.
The measure to kill public subsidies, which were first introduced by the Chretien government in 2003, will be contained in a bill which implements a variety of initiatives from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's June 6 budget.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the pledge to scrap the subsidies during the spring election, and the governing Conservatives are framing the action as necessary to bring greater political integrity to the system and treat taxpayers' dollars with greater care.