Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Conservative Party of Canada truly hates democracy

Conservative Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, is proposing the elimination public campaign financing. The Minister is expected to announce that he is withholding the $1.95 that the government pays political parties for each vote they receive. The cut is expected to significantly hinder Canada’s opposition parties.

Yes, the federal campaign finance system is quite suboptimal and there are much better systems that could be put in place (particularly for electoral reform). However, the current campaign finance system is better than nothing — and nothing is what the Conservatives hope to leave Canadians with.

Unless a better system is put in place, we need the current system to be maintained.

What you can do:

  • Please call your MP today to protest this attack on Canadian democracy.
  • Contact the opposition parties in Parliament and ask them to vote this down, even if it means bringing down the government.
  • Contact the media to let them know you think this is an important story and that you oppose the cut.
  • If you’re on Facebook, you can join the group I Support Public Campaign Financing.

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