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Publicly-funded winning candidates have advantage over opponents in later campaigns: Reader and 2 related letters

Re: "Public funding too high, political parties becoming empty shells,'" (The Hill Times, Oct. 2). What's really interesting is the impact that public funding can have on stabilizing the status quo. Candidates receive money from Elections Canada in proportion to the votes they attract. By definition, winning candidates receive more funds than losing candidates. This obviously gives them a publicly-funded advantage over their opponents in later campaigns. At some point, we have to be concerned that a governing party can develop a stranglehold on the political process: it could receive most of the public money while other parties become more and more reliant on severely limited–and therefore inadequate–private contributions.

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Publicly-funded winning candidates have advantage over opponents in later campaigns: Reader and 2 related letters

Re: "Public funding too high, political parties becoming empty shells,'" (The Hill Times, Oct. 2). What's really interesting is the impact that public funding can have on stabilizing the status quo. Candidates receive money from Elections Canada in proportion to the votes they attract. By definition, winning candidates receive more funds than losing candidates. This obviously gives them a publicly-funded advantage over their opponents in later campaigns. At some point, we have to be concerned that a governing party can develop a stranglehold on the political process: it could receive most of the public money while other parties become more and more reliant on severely limited–and therefore inadequate–private contributions.

  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

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The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
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It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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