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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.

  

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Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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