Political funding

Prime Minister Harper has indicated that he will quickly move to phase out per-vote subsidies in our federal elections.

The elections funding reforms of 2001, were one of the final pieces of legislation under the Chretien Liberals.

This eliminates major funding by unions and corporations and was a very sound move to preserve democracy in Canada.  The hugely corrupting influence of big money as we currently see in the U.S.A. is thus limited.  The old adage, “Who pays the piper calls the tune,” is very applicable here.

Another way to say it is, that if we as citizens do not pay for our elections, then others with vested interest certainly will.

Yes it costs money to the tune of $27 million per year but very much worth it.

Please speak out on this potentially very harmful move by the Conservative government.

David M. Kennedy

Vernon