Federal parties in year-end fundraising frenzy as per-vote subsidy nears end

less than one per cent of voters contributes to a political party

OTTAWA – The major federal political parties are in a headlong rush to extract as much cash as possible from partisan supporters before the end of 2013.

The Conservatives and Liberals have posted running fundraising totals for the fourth quarter as they push their followers toward an utterly arbitrary Dec. 31 deadline.

And the New Democrats are promoting what the party calls a “Boxing Day sale” that highlights taxpayer-funded subsidies of up to 75 per cent on political donations.

Those subsidies—which all parties highlight in their fundraising pitches—are available year-round.

For the first time since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power in January 2006, the parties’ publicized figures suggest the Conservative and Liberal fundraising machines are in a dead heat, with each raising more than $1.5 million this quarter heading into the final week.

The Conservatives have been the unrivalled champions of political fundraising for the past decade and Harper moved to accelerate that advantage when he began phasing out per-vote party subsidies in 2011.

The major political parties will get 50 cents in 2014 for every vote they received in the May 2011 election, down from more than $2 per vote at the time of the campaign.

In the 2015 election year, political parties will be completely weaned from the per-vote subsidy.

The move will save the federal treasury almost $30 million annually, but marks just a fraction of the total subsidies provided to political parties from the public purse.

The government has said it has no intention of eliminating another $80 million in annual subsidies that parties receive from the gold-plated donor tax breaks and from hefty rebates on party expenses.

Fewer than 180,000 Canadians made a donation to a registered federal political party in 2012—less than one per cent of the total 24,257,592 eligible voters for the 2011 election.




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Federal parties in year-end fundraising frenzy as per-vote subsidy nears end

  1. ‘suggest the Conservative and Liberal fundraising machines are in a dead heat’

    Heh heh heh….shift happens.

    • Dead heat this quarter maybe………….not on the year though EO,

      • So…it’ll stay this way for the next thousand years eh?

        Use your head BillBob….it changes back and forth all the time.

        • The Liberals have sucked at fundraising ever since Chretien banned corporate and union donations to political parties in order to screw Paul Martin and hamstring the once “natural ruling party”.

          • Cons suck at a lot of things….so?

          • Hey Emily, speaking of fund raising, I hear you’re going to be in the Rose Bowl Parade

          • Learn something from the Clearances John…..being both stupid and lippy doesn’t pay.

          • Sorry Emily, no Clearances for the Marmalades.

            They showed up to initiate an English Immersion Program at McGill, to make sure the Chinese Section Gangs followed the engineered railroad surveys through the Canadian Rocky’s and to help make happy Treaty agreements with the FN.

          • Nah….you were cleared. Boot to the kilt.

          • Ah Emilechka therein lies the problem of all left wing trolling wackos.

            Like you, they think they know everything and in the light of day, they know nothing. They’ve all been cheated by their marxist kindergarten teachers.

            Some time when you have a chance, put yourself up to comment on a topic you know something about. I won’t hold my breath.

          • What a load of babble that was! Enough with the eggnog.

            No wait….have more, just don’t post…..because I’m busy. Ciao.

          • What a wit………..not.
            Fact is the Conservatives raise more in donations year over year than any of the opposition parties. 2013 will be no different with the Liberals trailing way behind yet again.

          • And the world turns….and lo, Libs will be drowning in money and Cons won’t be able to catch a cold.

            It’s been nearly 150 years Billy Bob and you haven’t figured that out yet?

          • Keep on dreaming in technicolor there old senile one.

          • Like I said….if you can’t figure that much out….you’re not too bright.

  2. “The move will save the federal treasury almost $30 million annually, but marks just a fraction of the total subsidies provided to political parties from the public purse.

    The government has said it has no intention of eliminating another $80 million in annual subsidies that parties receive from the gold-plated donor tax breaks and from hefty rebates on party expenses.”

    Which is why this was never about fiscal responsibility, and always about hamstringing the liberals. It does not look like it is working though.

    • Wait for the total fundraising amounts for the entire year Gayle

      Liberals will be a way behind

      • Well d’uh.

        The point was not to make sure the CPC raises more money. Harper wanted the LPC to be destroyed – he cut the subsidy because he thought without it the LPC could not survive.

        See – he lied. He told his supporters he wanted to save taxpayers money, despite the fact that HIS party was, and continues to be subsidized by the taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars every year, far more than the other three parties put together. He lied, because he does not care about the taxpayer, and the taxpayer subsidy. He cares about the CPC, and destroying the LPC. And he failed at that.

        I laugh at the conservatives who come to these pages and scold liberals for voting for Trudeau instead of Garneau. So silly. Trudeau’s job may eventually be to replace Harper, but right now his job is to save the LPC, and he is extremely successful at that. There is no way Garneau could have brought in the donations, and the donors, and the members in the numbers that Trudeau has. That is why Harper is worried. His attempt to brand Trudeau as a lightweight has not prevented the steady increase in donations to the party. Whether or not that label is effective in the next election remains to be seen. So far it has not worked to kill the LPC, so it is a spectacular failure. Even if eventually Trudeau has to be replaced (and I doubt that will happen), at least there will still be a party to lead for the next successful candidate, and that is because of Trudeau.

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