Harper promises he'll cut party subsidies - only if he gets a majority
By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 04/1/2011 10:27 AM
MONCTON, N.B. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is committed to cutting per-vote subsidies to political parties if his party receives a majority.
But the Conservative leader is promising to provide a three-year transition period to ease the pain.
Harper has long been opposed to the funding Ottawa provides to political parties that is based on the number of votes they get.
The subsidy was brought in under a previous Liberal government after corporate and union donations were severely limited.
The Conservatives completely banned those kind of contributions and say parties should only rely on money given to them by private citizens.
Harper says the opposition parties are more apt to trigger elections because of the constant stream of funding they get from the public purse.
The other parties have severely criticized the idea.
The Liberals say Harper's political-financing ideas will lead to more U.S.-style attack politics; the Bloc Quebecois says the current subsidies help limit corruption in fundraising; and the NDP says Harper's move would return Canada to the bad old days where cash influenced politics.
Friday, April 1, 2011
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