There is no party like a victory party that actually happens after a victory. Especially if the previous one was in the 1940s.
But hardly any Canadians take an active role in local party politics beyond voting. Doing so leaves parties exposed to special interest groups, wealthy donors and the small number of unrepresentative people who come forward to pick leaders and choose party direction. Is it any wonder we don’t feel they reflect our priorities?
What might cost thousands or even millions in the US costs at most a couple of hundred bucks here in Canada.
Donor limits don’t take the impression of ‘cash for influence’ out of politics, they just make it much cheaper.
So how can we fund parties in a way that makes political finances above suspicion?
The first part of a series of articles on political finances in Ontario.
Political parties in Ontario, and across Canada, depend on public subsidies as much as public donations to survive. Shouldn’t they be able to support themselves? The answer is that the subsidies are the least of our problems with how parties raise money.