The Rants of Issachar

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Political Welfare...

The National Post published an editorial on Saturday about the political welfare that our National parties are giving themselves. For anyone who doesn't know, as of 2003 under election law, political parties are given free money from tax revenue to fund their operations every three months. The system favours larger established parties because the cash is handed out based on votes received in the last election. New political parties? Forget it...

Yes, we actually give tax money to political parties. If you pay taxes, you give this involuntary political donation whether you like it or not.

This is wrong. End of story, full stop. The Post suggests going back to our pre-2003 rules, but we can do better than that. Eliminate the political welfare and eliminate ALL tax credits for a political donation. You want to make a donation? Fine, how you spend your money is your business, but don't expect a discount on your tax bill. That's just an indirect method of supporting political parties through the tax system. It's even more outrageous because people who donate to political parties receive a greater discount on their tax bill than people who donate to Doctors without Borders, the United Way, or any other charity. But then I guess that sends a message about who the political parties think deserve the money more...

Also, political parties should only be allowed to accept donations from individuals. No donations from organizations whatsoever. No businesses, no unions, no clubs, associations or churches.

I think it's almost self-evident that I'm correct in this. Does anyone disagree?


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