The Conservative Party's well-publicized legal hassle with Elections Canada has put the spotlight on the role money plays in politics.
And it does play a role. For one thing, political parties use money to buy advertisments so they can sway public opinion.
Nothing wrong with that, so long as they are using their own money.
But when they use my money to buy ads to sway public opinion, that's wrong.
For instance, the federal government has a half-page ad in today's National Post featuring the headline: "Your Family's Safey-- our Government's Priority."
The rest of the ad then goes on to extol the government's "Food and Consumer Safey Action Plan."
Clearly, this ad is nothing less than Conservative Party partisan propaganda masquerading as government information.
No political party should use tax dollars to promote itself. To do so is essentially forcing Canadians, through their taxes, to financially support a political party. That's undemocratic.
Now I don't mean to single out the Conservative Party here. All governments, of all political stripes, engage in this dubious practice.
It's time to put an end to it.