The per-vote annual funding for federal political parties is the most democratic part of the federal political finance system because the funding is handed out based on the actual support from voters each party receives in the election. Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec all have per-vote funding of political parties for this reason. By cutting the per-vote funding, the Conservatives are making the most undemocratic change they could make to the federal political finance system As well, the Conservatives are currently enjoying the most undemocratic political finance subsidy because they have 24 MPs more than they deserved in the recent election (they received 39.6 per cent of the vote, but 54 per cent of the MPs). Each of those MPs receives about $440,000 annually in salary and for their offices, so the Conservatives will receive an undemocratic subsidy of $10.5-million every year until the next election. In addition, by stuffing the Senate with Conservatives, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has further subsidized his party with the public’s money. Duff Conacher Founding director Democracy Watch Ottawa, Ont.