Time for “Zero-per-centers”

Isn’t it about time this ridiculous abuse of MPs franking privileges be scrapped? There’s never, ever anything substantive or in the least bit informative in these mailings anyway. It’s just party propaganda funded by taxpayers.

MPs would of course still be able to distribute their legitimate quarterly newsletters (if they bother with them) to constituents, but there is absolutely no need whatsoever for taxpayers’ to be footing the bill for what’s tantamount to political junk mail.

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21 responses to “Time for “Zero-per-centers”

  1. CWTF

    The Cons are addicted to them, thinking that they are clever by bending the spirit of the law and good governance to something that makes them seem like gleeful schoolchildren that found a way to cheat… Of course the Liberals feel left out and now seem to be joining in the merriment…

    Good luck with that….

  2. My MP is the most expensive – Rick Norlock. Next riding over – Del Mastro, also one of the most expensive.

    I’ve received approximately 26 flyers so far this year…….which I have kept all but one.

    Everyone of them has a poll on it.

    Funny – the use negative ads to attack Ignatieff on Algonquin Park, yet decide to have the G20 in Algonquin park territory…..because it’s so beautiful. Hypocrites or what.

  3. Omar

    I’ve saved all the ones I have received since 2006. It’s quite the collection. The messaging on the vast majority of them is so mind-numbingly simplistic that they come across as laughable. One that leaps to mind was a Defense Department hawker compliments of Peter MacKay that asked if you supported giving the military “the tools they need”. One of the graphics used was a front-on pic of a Hercules C-130 aircraft dwarfed by a front-on pic of the new Jumbo heavy lifts that had yet to be purchased. Old planes/New planes was the heading beside each aircraft photo and this was placed underneath the smirking face of a full-combat geared soldier. Now, never mind the fact that the Hercules C-130 is a world renowned workhorse with an impeccable record of service both past and present, this flyer lead you to believe it was a worthless clunker in need of replacement. In other words, it was a lie.

  4. CWTF

    There’s no health without the ‘care’
    Federal Liberals are proud of Canada’s universal public health system that ensures no one is denied the care they need because of inability to pay. It reflects our values as Quebecers and Canadians – we are a society that cares for one another.

    The Harper Conservatives don’t care about public health. From the Listeriosis outbreak to the diagnostic testing crisis, and now H1N1 flu, they’ve been missing in action. You can’t have strong health care system when a government doesn’t care.
    Marc Garneau (not my MP)

    And yes there is a poll also – Iggy and the Liberals or Harper and the Cons…. (so much for the winners in this area; the BQ).

    What would be more useful would be the Liberals saying that they will curb the infiltration of the private sector into the public health care sector… and turn back the tide of private services in Quebec…. Two tier is alive and well in Quebec (to the detriment of the public).

  5. Ti-Guy

    What would be more useful would be the Liberals saying that they will curb the infiltration of the private sector into the public health care sector… and turn back the tide of private services in Quebec

    That’s the province’s own doing…it has the lowest per capita spending on public health care in Canada. If you want the federal government to do anything about that, elect more federalist MP’s. But even then, we all know the cries of ingérence! that will occasion.

  6. benalbanach

    Harper (Because he runs everything) obviously thinks this piddley stuff will work and that enough Canadians are dumb enough to fall for it to give him a majority.
    Do we have enough dummies to give him his majority ?
    Perish the thought.

  7. Jim

    It isn’t just the Cons that love them.

    I have a few from Iggy and a whopping pile from Layton.

    I do agree that it is time to ashcan this waste of money.

  8. Ti-Guy

    It isn’t just the Cons that love them.

    I believe, short of legislation, it’s only the Cons who can stop them. If they continue to blanket the country with this garbage, the Opposition has no choice but to respond in kind. If my own experience is any indication, you get the impression that the silence from the Opposition means they have no arguments to challenge what is, inarguably, political hate speech or that they are completely unaware of it.

    I’m able to tolerate the few 10-percenters that simply gush about the Harper government’s achievements (although they’re still intolerable since they come from MP’s I’ve never heard of) but the fucking partisan attack ads are an abuse of public funds and in all likelihood, against the law. They’ve quite often included wording, graphics of and links to propaganda campaigns run by the Conservative Party itself.

  9. Bob Bruce

    Martin I wholeheartedly agree that ten percenters should be abolished, along with the Chretien $1.95 per vote taxpayer subsidy to political parties and the 75% tax credit to private contributors to political parties.

    On a another, but so sad a note;

    Don’tnolo starts off by out with the old and in with the old regurgitated, Mario Lague, Patricia Sorbara, Brian Bohunicky, Heather Chiasson, Jean Marc Fournier, Jim Pimblett, Sachin Aggarwal, Jeremy Broadhurst, Karen Redman.

    Pathetic.

    It is no small wonder why the LPoC is losing support all across the board.

  10. michael st.paul's

    Red, why the push on 10%ers? As we know from last winter, the Governing Party is prepared to get out of subsidizing political activity at $1.95 per vote. If The Official Opposition would agree to end THAT subsidy, I’m sure The Governing Party would gladly include 10%ers too.

    Why is one bad and another good, for Liberals?

  11. TofKW

    “Do we have enough dummies to give him his majority ?
    Perish the thought.
    – benalbanach

    “We are elected by idiots. In Quebec, 40 per cent are separatists and 40 per cent are federalists – and 20 per cent don’t know who is prime minister of Canada.” It is that 20 per cent that makes and breaks governments.” – Jacques Parizeau

    As much of a douche bag as he is, I’m afraid Parizeau is basically correct. Harper doesn’t need to convince too many more idiots to get a majority in the HOC …hence the 10-percenters.

  12. Ti-Guy

    If The Official Opposition would agree to end THAT subsidy, I’m sure The Governing Party would gladly include 10%ers too.

    How are these two things related, you fucking troll?

    Funny how two wingnuts show up at the exact time with the same talking point.

  13. CWTF

    That’s the province’s own doing…it has the lowest per capita spending on public health care in Canada. If you want the federal government to do anything about that,
    Yes it is – now how about the Feds enforcing some laws and refusing to give over funding unless corrections are done….

  14. TofKW

    “Funny how two wingnuts show up at the exact time with the same talking point.”

    Be very quiet, you can actually hear them receiving their next set of talking points from Stephen Taylor.

  15. CWTF

    Funny how two wingnuts show up at the exact time with the same talking point.
    Took a little time for the idiot-bots to get the marching orders.

    Now they can report back and get their timmies coupons…

  16. Ti-Guy

    now how about the Feds enforcing some laws and refusing to give over funding unless corrections are done….

    Yeah, I can see that going down really smoothly in a province where 40% of the people are among biggest chiâleux in the country (the others being the Saskalbertans, of course). I can just hear the screams from the Saguenay now…

  17. …how about the Feds enforcing some laws…

    Heh. Ain’t no “federal laws” in the province of Québec, gringo. That’s just the reality of living in Harper’s gutless, decentralised, headwaiter-to-the-provinces quasi-Canada.

    Besides, Chaoulli v. Québec and, more importantly, the provincial government’s failure to address its ramifications, really kicked the integrity of Québec’s single-tier system in the stones.

  18. CWTF

    Let’s see, you have former provincial health minister lobbying for the private industry…
    Services are quickly deteriorating with the introduction of private firms…. yup no correlation…

    I’m personally tired of going to a doctor’s and being told they can do procedure “x” immediately if I have private insurance (or ready to pay out of my pocket) or wait “x” days come back… Same doctor, same office… Welcome to Quebec.

    And Quebecers wonder why healthcare sucks in this province…

  19. Cam

    I like the 10%er’s especially the ones that upset Hedy Fry…

    Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot that so many of you cry about it but it is ok when your party does it…

    Some of you are really good humour… 🙂

  20. TofKW

    “Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot that so many of you cry about it but it is ok when your party does it…

    I for one detested the Liberals for their partisan spin machine on the taxpayers dime back in the day, however you hypocritical populist wingnuts have taken it to new lows. And that’s your defense? “But Jamie hit me first!” As I suspected, you Harpocrits are no more intelligent than the average 5-year old, as you certainly use their excuses.

    Ten-percenters should be permanently outlawed. MP’s should be able to provide 4 annual mailouts to local constituents only, about government initiatives within the local riding …and that’s it!

  21. Cam — They’re a complete waste of taxpayers’ money, no matter who’s sending them out. I’ve never received one from any party that was worth the paper it was printed on.

    If parties want to spend their own dime to distribute propaganda, that’s their business, but we shouldn’t be footing the bill for it. Period.

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