To the editor:
Mr. Harper’s plan to cancel public funding for political parties, in my view, is a very negative thing.
For him to say that taxpayers are paying to support parties they don’t support is false. This is because each party, only after they reach a threshold, gets $2 for each vote they get. So realistically they only get the $2 from the taxpayers that support them in an election and nothing from the voters that support other parties. Those taxpayer’s $2 go to whatever party they support.
On the other hand, if one donates a larger amount to a party they support they get quite a generous tax credit for that donation. So realistically taxpayers, including those that support different parties, are subsidizing that donator. So in this case it would be true that taxpayers’ money is used to support a party that they don’t support.
My concern is that Harper’s plan will give big money much control on government policies. Much like in the United States. Also special interest groups would be able to have a greater influence.
So, I feel it would make more sense to cut back on the generous tax credits on big money donators and increase public funding. This would be more democratic. By the people for the people rather than by big money for big money.