How much is that democracy in the window? - Macleans.ca
 

How much is that democracy in the window?


 

Sometime around the last federal election it became conventional wisdom that a national vote costs about $300-million.

In fact, the last election came in at the low, low price of $280-million. To put that in perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to 1.4-million fines for violating the conflict of interest code for cabinet ministers.


 

How much is that democracy in the window?

  1. does that inlcude the $ 1.95 per vote subsidy?

    • Why would it?

      That is paid out annually based on the last election's results.

  2. Hopefully Ignatieff can increase that number to something much bigger. Then follow it up with bigger taxes, bigger spending, and bigger government. Then he'll truly have his "Big Canada".

    • It would be difficult for him as he has the biggest spending/government shoes in Canadian history to fill.

      Political Science professors usually have a good appreciation for history however, so should he have the chance as Prime Minister, hopefully will learn lessons from the folly of the previous job holder.

      If he were equally as reckless however, I wouldn't be surprised. Practicing what you preach has never been a positive attribute for a politician.

      • Politicians never want to say "no" to a spending request — it'll anger someone.

        So the next Government will have to do what the Liberals did before – cut transfers to the Provincial governments. Easy as pie.

        • And those transfers needed to be cut to fight the debt and deficit of the previous Conservative government… from Liberals… damn that Stanfield… Louis St. Laurent, more like Riel… Laurier sucks… free-spending Abbott liberal-conservatives… a train to where, John?

          The whole mess is the Liberal-Conservative parties fault!

  3. Peter MacKay violated the conflict of interest code 1.4 million times?

    • Busy guy.

  4. Sheesh — what does the GST work out to on 280 mil?

  5. Election cost is such a red herring. Elections are a big part of our democracy and should not be considered within monetary constraints.
    Besides, most of the expenditures of an elections are paid out to workers. I worked during the last election and got paid.

    Why not consider election cost to be part of an addditional economic stimulus package……..printers, designers, polling station workers etc. A lot of extra jobs for a few weeks…..

  6. I have never seen similar comparison in Canada but during every election in US, I will read a story about how it might seem like American elections are expensive but compared to gum sales, or some other snack, the total spent on elections is minuscule. I would love to know how much we spend on doritos, say, compared to what an election costs. Not that I am keen for continual elections because they don't cost much compared to snack sales.

  7. I agree that the costs of elections are a 'red herring'. The most significant action in a democracy is voters selecting who they wish to govern them.

    I have heard lots of complainst about our political leaders acting for political gain and nothing else…'duh' what do you think political leaders do by 'definition'.

    We should accept that Canadians voted for a minority Parliament the last three elections.. and may very well do so again… c'mon all.. let's get used to it and pressure alll FOUR parties to work together.

  8. Cheap at twice the price. Let's have as many as we can until we finally get
    it right …… er, correct ……. er, left ?