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Political Party Subsidy Cut? Probably Just Hot Air

November 27, 2008

Unlike most people, I can’t too excited about the Conservative proposal to cut political party subsidy funding.

You see, in order for something to actually happen, one of the political parties is going to have to be stupid.

One of the opposition parties would have to be stupid to cut themselves from a source of income, which is probably used to obtain and finance their recent election debts.

The Conservatives would have to be stupid enough to risk an another election in the same year during a period where the economic news is not good and they stand to lose ground.

Of course, I’m assuming that the political parties are not stupid (maybe that’s a leap of faith in itself).

  1. November 27, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Agreed that it would be downright stupid for any of the opposition parties to go along with the cuts. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy for the Libs in particular to actually take a stand on the issue: it’ll take a complete about-face for them to go from arguing that nobody wants an election now (and that the NDP is somehow off base for even voting against the government) to saying that they’re willing to force one over party funding.

  2. November 27, 2008 at 9:43 am

    The choice the Liberals have, to me, is between short term embarrassment (> 6 months) or long term upheaval (years, remembering that they still haven’t adapted to the last change in electoral finance laws). The choice seem obvious to me.

  1. November 27, 2008 at 7:36 pm
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