Aside from Stephen Harper and regular donors to his Conservative Party, who exactly is demanding that the “per vote” subsidy be eliminated? Aside from those with entirely self-serving reasons of political gain, what group of Canadians feels OUTRAGED! by the fact that a measly $2 of their taxes will be directly funnelled to the political party they voted for at the ballot box?
Conservatives routinely claim that this form of public financing – or “handouts” as they spuriously describe them – is a “waste of tax dollars” that is “wrong on principle” and yet, quite oddly, they have no qualms whatsoever about the fact that donations (up to $1,100 per person) receive a 75% tax credit of the amount given. Under this arrangement, taxpayers effectively subsidize parties they don’t support to the tune of millions of dollars through the back door of the tax code, far above and beyond their measly $2 “per vote” contribution
Lunkhead libertarian Gerry Nicholls proposes a bizarre “solution” to the problem of the “per vote” subsidy: eliminate it completely and then open the floodgates to unlimited personal contributions. Seriously. That’s his proposal. No talk of eliminating the tax deduction at the same time, just let more money flow… thereby giving more influence to the wealthy while subsidizing the vast majority of their contributions from the general revenue.
Truly, it’s hard to believe that Nicholls is actually paid real money to write such asinine tripe in a national newspaper.