Saturday, November 29, 2008

Conservatives back down on subsidy reform for political parties

Update: If this poll isn't proof that parliament, mainly the opposition, is at a disconnect with real Canadians on the ground, I don't know what is. Glad to see the public/voter is once again the voice of reason when it comes to taxpayers dollars in Canada.


Let's just say I'm very disappointed they blinked on this one as you know how much I dislike subsidies and/or corporate welfare, especially when they're earmarked to parties that want to break the country up. Looks like the fat wallets of political parties are the winners and taxpayers the losers, even in these tough, recessionary times.

Although, I see it [annual subsidies to political parties] all may be just cover for larger cuts to the overall size of government and its daily operations. H/T Kevin Gaudet


At Nov 29, 2008, 8:59:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Harper they may have to back down on a few more ideological proposals before this is all over.

At Nov 30, 2008, 6:52:00 PM , Anonymous nbt said...

Not sure that is the case anon. Actually, his government did a more then adequate job of getting out in front of this recession by cutting value added taxes (the UK is now proposing this) and reducing taxes both personal and business. Thus, allowing people and companies with more money at the end of the day to do as they please.

At Dec 1, 2008, 4:38:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for cutting the subsidies because we are giving the BLOC money to promote separation. It seems that the Media seemed to really help out swaying the opinions of non informed Canadians. I think that the Gov. made sincere moves to tighten the belts of the public sector as example to all. Funny thing is that the civil servants didn't want any part of being in the solution rather they intend to continue to gauge the public purses. I say shame on them but once you spoil a group of people it is hard to tell them that bc they somehow think they have a right to it.

At Dec 1, 2008, 7:10:00 PM , Blogger Spinks said...

Does anyone truly believe if the ecomomic statement hadn't of including cutting political susbsidies that a coalition wouldn't even be on the table? This is about the Liberals and NDP being not financially stable unless they're getting taxpayer handouts. While I can appreciate self survival, the bloodless coup is the death knell for the Liberals next election (and won't do wonders for the NDP either).

At Dec 1, 2008, 7:59:00 PM , Anonymous bill said...

It didn't hurt Bob Rae when he latched himself onto Peterson in '85.

Could we be seeing Canadians taking the plunge with the NDP in bad economic times once again, much like Ontario did.

At Dec 1, 2008, 8:15:00 PM , Blogger Rob said...

Spinks: if you believe the NDP tapes, the talk of coalition has been going on much longer than political subsidies have been on the table. The Conservatives told us so today.

I also think words like coup shouldn't be used in this context. A Coalition take-over would be completely constitutional. A coup d'etat is not. Regardless of what you think of the Lib-NDP marriage of convenience, one shouldn't whip up a sense of illegality.

At Dec 1, 2008, 8:31:00 PM , Blogger Spinks said...

Good point Rob. It looks like The Libs and NDP were conniving to go around democracy much earlier. However the icing on the cake is Harper serving up the poison pill of taxpayer dollars being taken away to pay the political bills and they couldn't swallow it.

Any lingering thoughts that the Liberals haven't been drifting further left for a while is put to rest with them getting solidly into bed with the NDP and looking for a nightcap with the Bloc. The infighting à la COR should be fun to watch though as it self destructs. Too bad we'll have to pay such a high price for the show.

At Dec 1, 2008, 11:27:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This power grab by the Liberals will come back to haunt them for years. As it will Harper.

At Dec 9, 2008, 5:59:00 PM , Blogger jajakoom said...

Knock, knock. Anybody home? ;-)

Gee, I go away for a few days and everyone else thinks it's holiday time too.

Back to the mines!!!!!! LOL

At Dec 9, 2008, 11:22:00 PM , Blogger nbt said...

HaHa! Lost the edge. Hopefully a holiday break will recharge the blogging spirit. If not, it could be time to hang er up. Either that, or start a new blog altogether.

At Dec 10, 2008, 8:55:00 PM , Blogger jajakoom said...

Once it becomes a "chore", then it's time to either take an extended break or hang up the quill. This is NOT a paying job. :-)


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