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Comparing the per-vote subsidies to all federal political subsidies

There’s been plenty of talk about cutting the per vote subsidies, but almost no examination of all the other subsidies for parties and candidates, most of which were introduced in an earlier form in 1974.

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Follow the money: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Parliament Hill, says he will campaign to cut the per vote subsidies to political parties in the next election campaign.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced that he intends to cut the taxpayer per vote subsidies to political parties  and will campaign on the issue in the next election. This subsidy has been in effect since January 2004,  and in 2010, the cost was $27.4-million.

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Comparing the per-vote subsidies to all federal political subsidies

There’s been plenty of talk about cutting the per vote subsidies, but almost no examination of all the other subsidies for parties and candidates, most of which were introduced in an earlier form in 1974.

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Follow the money: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Parliament Hill, says he will campaign to cut the per vote subsidies to political parties in the next election campaign.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced that he intends to cut the taxpayer per vote subsidies to political parties  and will campaign on the issue in the next election. This subsidy has been in effect since January 2004,  and in 2010, the cost was $27.4-million.

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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