You would hardly know that the federal election of January 2006 was over. Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada pursues its attack advertising like we were still in an election campaign and like they were still the Official Opposition.
I do not mind so much that their campaign is pointless and offers no alternatives. I won’t complain that their accusations are pure fabrications. I can even skip over the fact that the Conservative Party degrades all politicians in the process and increases cynicism throughout the electorate. I may even hold my temper if an ugly grease spot tries to tell me how to address the climate crisis at the gas pump.
But I cannot accept that the Conservatives waste millions in tax dollars in the process. They claim that they are spending only the donations of their supporters. That is a typical Conservative lie.
A donor earns a 75% tax rebate on the first $400, and a 50% tax rebate on another chunk, in federal political donations each year. Since the Conservative Party collects mostly small donations from many people, the vast majority of their donations received a 75% tax rebate. That means that all Canadian tax payers are subsidizing 75% of their attack campaign. That is a shameful waste of our tax money.
Sure, all political parties benefit from the tax rebates and it is a good incentive to encourage citizen engagement in the democratic process. There are many reasonable political expenses between elections, such as membership development, fundraising costs, policy development, and general awareness campaigns. The bulk of all donations collected are spent during an election campaign. But to spend so much public money by the governing Party on such an extensive negative partisan campaign between elections is downright scandalous.
Note to our MP, Guy Lauzon: the election was over in January 2006. In case you didn’t notice, you won! You actually formed government. It is about time that you started acting like it! So, get off the campaign trail and get to work trying to develop our country for the future.