Thursday, August 26, 2010

What he said: Tom Kent against the political party subsidy

Old liberal Tom Kent and Stephen Harper agree on this: the taxpayer subsidy to the political parties ought to be ended. I'm with 'em.
A political party is a voluntary association of people sharing views about public policy. Its members and sympathizers are the natural source for its finances.
The money goes entirely to party headquarters, not to the constituency associations whose vigour is the root of representative democracy. Lavish tax financing has helped to make the parties more than ever centralized machines directed to manipulating opinion and power.
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