Public funding for political parties makes sense

Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good, Cohn, Sept. 23

Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn has outlined a very real problem with the funding model for our political parties. His statement that “public funding is an idea whose time has come” should be a rallying cry for improving our democracy and a path to avoiding the dark money that so distorts the U.S. elections.

However, simply keeping the “per vote” public subsidy should not be the goal.

An analogy for this would be where the strongest team in the NHL is awarded the top draft pick. Essentially that is what the “per vote” subsidy accomplishes: more money and thus more influence to the strongest parties. Rather, we need a model where the ideas and platform of the less popular parties are given equal opportunity to reach the voting public: funding should not only be entirely from tax dollars but also such that each party holding a seat is given an equal amount.

Premier Doug Ford, with his brazen change, has brought a disservice to our democracy. He once more has reminded us he is not “for the people,” rather he is “for his people.”

Mr. Cohn, please continue to keep our eyes on this important topic.

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