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With political fundraising mostly suspended, some MPs floating idea of reviving per-vote subsidy

By ABBAS RANA      

MPs and political parties have either suspended fundraising or have scaled it back significantly because of COVID-19 and they say they don't know when regular fundraising will restart.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May. All major federal political parties and MPs have either suspended their fundraising or have scaled it down significantly because of COVID-19. Some MPs are now floating the idea of resurrecting the per-vote subsidy program for all parties to make up for the revenue loss and to keep it in place going forward. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

While the country is reeling from the health and economic hardships due to COVID-19, MPs say political fundraising will be a tough challenge in the coming months and some are floating the idea of reviving the per-vote subsidy to help deal with the loss of revenue and to keep it in place going forward.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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