Monday, April 4, 2011

Can Canadian Voters See Beyond Harper's Words?

Since the Canadian Federal election has begun, Harper, the Conservative Leader and current PM, has been repeatedly stating that the Conservatives would eliminate the federal government's subsidy of established federal political parties if it wins a majority.

The federal government's subsidy amounts to $27 million. The total expenditure in the 2008 Federal budget was $237.4 billion. The subsidy is a fraction of that amount, .01% to be exact.

So why is Harper dwelling on that issue? Is this most the important thing Harper needs to get across? Is he interested in weakening the other established parties? Is he putting the best interests of the Canadian people before the Conservative party agenda? Why isn't Harper addressing a number of more important issues that are undermining Canadian Democracy such as the systematic favoritism of dominant, established political parties in election laws, whereby for example in 2008, the Conservatives were allowed campaign expenditure of around $20 million, while the Progressive Canadian Party $.9 million, Communist Party of Canada $1.5 million, and the Libertarian Party of Canada $1.8 million?

For a democratic country, such a Canada, the current division of finances as stated above, along with the current media coverage of the various parties, or the lack thereof, seems to be showing favoritism to the Conservative party over the remainder of the Canadian political parties. Why is this the case? How is this democratic?

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