Monday, October 27, 2008

Bloc Quebecois enjoys generous federal funding

According to the Frontier Centre, the Bloc Quebecois is an ironic beneficiary of the taxpayer-sponsored dollars-for-votes party funding system. It received 5.6 times as many dollars from Canadian taxpayers as it did from donations. Read the backgrounder here and the full report here. It says,

Political parties and their candidates have received $312.8
million since 2000, most of it ($290 million) since the 2004 changes.
• Of interest to the four federalist parties given the success of the
Bloc Quebecois in the recent federal election, Bloc fundraising was
significantly down in recent years.
• In the first six months of 2008, the latest period for which statistics are
available from Elections Canada, the Bloc raised just $73,704.
• Compare that to the Bloc’s public subsidies: In the first six months of
2008, the Bloc received over $1.5 million.
• Without federal funding, the Bloc would likely have been handicapped
in its ability to fight the most recent election.
Columnist Barbara Yaffe also chimes in.

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