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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Liberals give Harper a HUGE opening with 10%ers

So, the Liberals want to ban 10%ers, eh? I say we amend the motion.

Here's their version:
That, in the opinion of this House, the government should show leadership in reducing government waste by rolling-back its own expenditures on massive amounts of partisan, taxpayer-paid government advertising, ministerial use of government aircraft, the hiring of external “consultants”, and the size of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, which together could represent a saving to taxpayers of more than a billion dollars; and to show its own leadership in this regard, the House directs its Board of Internal Economy to take all necessary steps to end immediately the wasteful practice of Members sending mass mailings, known as “ten-percenters”, into ridings other than their own, which could represent another saving to taxpayers of more than $10 million.
In addition, this House is also of the opinion that a further savings of $27 million dollars can be immediately realized through the elimination of the per-vote taxpayer funded political subsidy received by all parties. Therefore, this House also directs its Board of Internal Economy to take all necessary steps to end immediately the wasteful and unnecessary subsidy.
h/t for the idea goes to Hat Rocks Cave.

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  • At Tue. Mar. 16, 04:45:00 p.m. EDT, OpenID Devin Johnston said…

    That might be considered a huge opening, except that a majority of Canadian oppose the ten-percenters program while similarly a majority of Canadians support public campaign financing.

  • At Tue. Mar. 16, 10:20:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where is the info that a majority of Canadians support public campaign financing?

  • At Wed. Mar. 17, 12:11:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger ridenrain said…

    Reality -- 61% of Canadians surveyed want to end the $1.95 per vote annual public subsidy instituted by Jean Chretien, compared to only 36% who support it, according to pollster Ipsos Reid.

    Since the Conservatives can afford to raise money and no longer need to rely on the lapdog media, this is the perfect hook to the 10% bait. Looks like Iggy's learning to fish after all.

  • At Wed. Mar. 17, 12:03:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The sad thing is, both motions are motions I'd like to see passed. Too bad good ideas are getting bogged down in school-yard politics.

    Mike Wisniewski


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