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A couple of stories last week about the NDP's acceptance of a taxpayer-funded political subsidy while the PCs are refusing it had our readers chipping in their two cents' worth.


They get elected. They give themselves raises. They overspend our tax dollars, not theirs, to the tune of $13 billion. They will collect posh pensions.

They then pay themselves for the votes they got. If they cannot raise money properly they are not competent politicians. This is a disgusting waste of taxpayers dollars. I will give money to the party I wish when I wish.

-- CNu2


Aren't nearly all political donations coming out of the taxpayers' pockets as long as they are tax deductible?

One person should equal one voter, and that should equal one contributor. That's why I support the subsidies. If you don't want a party to receive your $1-2 subsidy, don't vote for them! If you don't want any of your money going to anyone, don't vote at all. If parties rely on only tax-deductible cash donations, where do the middle class and poor fit in? Who making less than $50K a year has $1,000 cash lying around to give to a political party?

-- Aaron3


It's unfortunate money can buy you an election. That's not the way a true democracy works.

-- 23702312


Political parties have been fundraising in Canada and elsewhere ad infinitum. If the governing party does a good job, they raise more. If they do a bad job, the opposition raises more. Subsidies are just a lazy man's way of cheap fundraising. If they were not, why are the Conservatives refusing to take the cash? The NDP, on the other hand, grasps at any conceivable way possible to add money to their coffers. Is it helping the majority government get more money in their war chest? Then why does the minority opposition have more than $500,000 more in theirs without it?

Just another political cash grab accepted by the NDP. Doesn't matter how they get it, "Just give me the money!"

-- moedip


The Tories have out fundraised the NDP since 2007, yet they lost the 2011 election. If money was all that matters, the PCs would have won that election. Instead, Selinger won by lying to us, and now the vote tax rewards him for lying to us.



Without public financing, the disadvantaged will not be heard in our electoral system. We need a change in government, but it is this kind of intellectual fraud that will keep me from voting Conservative. Kind of like the so-called fair elections act Harper is trying to peddle at the federal level.

-- luvstb


Just say it: The NDP needs more money from the taxpayers because a) their support is drying up and b) they spent all their money on those stupid running-with-scissors ads.

-- Ceedger


Today's NDP: Who's in your wallet?

-- Gordo


Shelve the vote tax.

If the NDP could operate for years without this additional subsidy, why do they need it now? If they could retain the funds without using them, isn't that proof positive the system otherwise funds them adequately? If they have money for between-election attack ads, do they really need an additional subsidy?

-- Old Flin Flon


Which is worse, tax credits for political donations or shills such as the right-wing Fraser Institute or left-wing Centre for Policy Alternatives that are mere fronts for their respective ideologies and allow their affiliated political parties to spend money, influencing public opinion completely outside the sphere of either advertising restrictions or political contribution limits?

-- Family Guy

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2014 A10

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