Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Harpocrisy (Borrowed from Ted Bett's FB)

Tories Most Subsidized Party, By Far
by Ted Betts on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10:59am
According to a Elections Canada data (as reported on here: http://tinyurl.com/Tories-Most-Subsidized), in 2009 the Conservative Party of Canada was the most subsidized party, by far, of the four federal parties. Not the Bloc. Not the NDP. And certainly not the Liberals.

While Stephen Harper attacks the per vote subsidy and claims that he believes political parties should not rely upon taxpayer subsidies, his party has raked in millions upon millions more taxpayer dollar subsidies than any other party through the tax donation subsidy, the per vote subsidy, the party election costs reimbursements and the candidate election costs reimbursements

* About 80% of Conservative funds comes from the taxpayer subsidies, compared to about 69% for Liberals.

* The Conservatives cost taxpayers $8.11 per vote, Liberals $7.75 per vote.

* Tories took in $54.4 million in 2009, only $10.5 million of that was from actual donors (after tax credits)

* And here's the real killer: while only 36% of voting Canadians (and only 22% of eligible voters) supported the Conservatives in the last election, the CONSERVATIVE PARTY RECEIVED 44% OF ALL TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES. Total taxpayer subsidies was approximately $100 million. The Liberals received only 28% of all taxpayer subsidies, which is more in line with their 30% of the vote; the NDP got 20% of the subsidies; the Bloc got 8%.

Even if you don't like the per vote subsidy, you must agree that the Conservatives are eating at the trough a lot more than any other party, once again proving the saying that "Conservatives seem to think Conservative principles don't apply to them".

The tax donation subsidy is: far less democratic since it results in parties getting taxpayer subsidies with no connection to their democratic support; far costlier than the per vote subsidy; and more detrimental to society since the 75% tax credit provides an incentive to Canadians not to donate to charities.

[Note: data derived from Globe article - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/per-vote-subsidy-but-a-fraction-of-taxpayer-support-for-political-parties/article1880294/]

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Corporatism on Parade

Thomas d'Aquino is President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
He has been described by Peter C. Newman as "the most powerful influence on public policy formation in Canadian history", and listed by historian Jack Granatstein as one of the 100 most influential Canadians of the twentieth century. A prolific writer and speaker, he has worked as special assistant to the Prime Minister, special counsel on international trade law and international advisor on strategic business problems.
Thomas d'Aquino worked with Manley on the Task Force that created the document for Building a North American Community.

This guy has to be stopped!

Here is a welcome letter he wrote to Unite The Right

"According to an old American joke, the Soviet Union collapsed because they only had one communist party. They'd still be around if they'd been smart enough to have two communist parties that were exactly alike on every issue except abortion.

A similar model has worked for years in Canada. Since at least Mulroney, we've had a Conservative Party that has explicitly advocated the neoliberal policies that the Liberal Party has implemented. This arrangement, along with concentrated media ownership, has served us well. As one of the few commentators not on our payroll has pointed out, we "have been dictating fiscal, trade and economic policy to governments since the early 1980s."

The benefits? Over 100 billion in corporate tax cuts, radical decentralization, gutting of social programs and unemployment insurance, and a government that took up our cause on the international scene. It was an unprecedented success.

But it worked best with Liberals in power and Conservatives perpetually set to gain power.

The era of minority governments and sponsorship scandals threatens to slow down our agenda. Wanting to gain power, the Liberals and Conservatives are willing to bow to the electorate with policies that voters want, and even enter a coalition with the NDP. God forbid.

Most Canadians don't like Stephen Harper--journalists least of all--and most Canadians think Martin should be pushed aside. This leaves both parties vulnerable to the will of the electorate, and distracts them from implementing the agenda of the 150 richest corporations in Canada (which I happen to represent).

There is a solution to this unique 21st century problem. We modestly propose to unite the right... again.

While there are obvious cultural differences between the parties, the policy differences are remarkably cosmetic. Even so, the divisions within parties are greater than those between the Grits and Tories.

The benefits are undeniable. Corporate Canada will only have to fund one party, and the return on that investment--in tax cuts for corporations and the rich, subsidies and sweatheart privatization deals--will be incomparable.

Best of all, the Liberals will no longer have to give speeches about fixing health care for a generation or funding social programs. Every time I hear Paul Martin talk about signing Kyoto or a "rising tide not lifting all boats" and the importance of social programs, I cringe. How horrible it must be to have to talk about things that you clearly have no interest in.

No longer.

Welcome to the future of Canadian politics.


Tom d'Aquino
President & Chief Executive
Canadian Council of Chief Executives