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Harper’s at it again with plans to eliminate per vote subsidy for parties

By W.T. Stanbury      

The per-vote subsidy is not an expenditure like almost any other. It is central to the idea of good government in a democracy.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent announcement that he plans to make the elimination of the per-vote subsidy for parties part of the Conservatives’ next election campaign is just the latest example of using carefully selected issues as a diversion. The Hill Times also reported on this news last March (see Bea Vongdouangchanh and Kate Malloy, The Hill Times, March 29, 2010).

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