Here's a letter to the editor I sent to the Toronto Star in response to a recent James Travers column which defended public subsidies for political parties.
James Travers has conjured up a stunningly bizarre argument to defend taxpayer subsidies for politicians. (“Harper risks national unity in bid to end political subsidies” January 29)
He maintains the millions of tax dollars poured into the wallets of the Bloc Quebecois actually safeguards national unity.
Or as he puts it, “There is no bigger bargain than channeling rogue and destructive forces into legitimate and constructive political practices.”
In other words, unless Canadians pay off Gilles Duceppe and his crew, the
population might rise up in violent rebellion. Quebec
Wow and people accuse the Conservative Party of fear-mongering.
Traver’s argument is, of course, absurd.
If the Bloc is cut off from the public dole it can always ask for voluntary donations to make up the shortfall.
And that’s as it should be.
After all, when you force Canadians to subsidize a party they don’t support it infringes on their freedom of expression.
That's why it’s time to end welfare for politicians.