Ottawa to cancel party subsidies with next budget

It’s still unclear whether the cut will be phased in

According to a Postmedia News report, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will cut government subsidies to political parties in his upcoming budget. Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal says the government was “still finalizing” the details surrounding the program’s cancellation, such as whether parties will be weaned off the subsidies, though an unnamed government official suggested they would be. Political parties currently receive $2 per vote cast in their favour, a program which Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigned on ending.

National Post

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