Monday, August 17, 2009

The monthly broadside

Tom Flanagan's argument for a better and totally fair party financing system: "Cut the subsidy, then make it easier for parties to raise their own money." Coming in tandem with Minister of "Democratic Reform" Steven Fletcher's similar appeals to cut all political party public financing, the Conservatives are clearly messaging. And what might they be up to...could it be that the Prime Minister's gallivanting around stating that he doesn't want an election, Canadians don't want an election, bald raccoons don't want an election, yadda, yadda, yadda...means that the Conservatives really don't want an election? So they're hauling out this issue as they view it as one that intimidates and will cause the other parties to avoid an election in which it becomes an issue. So, there's a theory for you on why the issue has suddenly made its way back into political parlance in August. Substantive debate on party financing is very likely not their goal. Just part of the plan to stave off that election.