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a lonely worker
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posted 14 October 2006 10:05 PM      Profile for a lonely worker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There was an earlier thread on this but the decision is in and the court has ordered ALL parties to receive equal amounts per vote:

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An Ontario Superior Court judge has quashed Elections Act rules denying federal funding to smaller political parties.

"Small and weaker political parties play a very important role in the Canadian electoral process whether or not they receive large numbers of votes," Justice Ted Matlow said, in a written judgment released yesterday.

They are just as entitled as larger parties to the 44 cents a voter allowance that the government has, since Jan. 1, 2004, paid out quarterly — based on federal parties' results in the previous election, the judge ruled.

Ottawa has sent the subsidy only to political parties that received at least 2 per cent of votes cast nationally or 5 per cent in electoral districts where they ran a candidate.

That threshold was challenged by the Green Party of Canada, Progressive Canadian Party, Communist Party of Canada, Canadian Action Party, Marijuana Party and Christian Heritage Party in a hearing this July.

All but the Green party, which received $311,000 last quarter, were ineligible for funding under the formula.

In the same quarter, The Conservative Party of Canada received $2.5 million, the Liberal Party of Canada got $2.1 million, while the NDP banked $1.2 million.

The money would be worth some $60,000 a year to the Marijuana Party, and $8,000 annually to the Communist Party of Canada, Peter Rosenthal, lawyer for all the applicants, said yesterday.


Allowance must go to parties of all stripes

This is great news for anyone who believes in true democracy.

Next fight PR!


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robbie_dee
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posted 15 October 2006 08:50 AM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The money would be worth some $60,000 a year to the Marijuana Party

Well, jeez, we know what they'll spend it on...


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unionist
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posted 15 October 2006 08:54 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by robbie_dee:

Well, jeez, we know what they'll spend it on...


What - you figure they'll throw a Marijuana Party?


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Dana Larsen
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posted 15 October 2006 03:32 PM      Profile for Dana Larsen   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by robbie_dee:

Well, jeez, we know what they'll spend it on...


I know you're joking, but there's always this annoying "snicker factor" whenever marijuana issues come up.

Obviously the Marijuana Party folks will spend it on election expenses, and considering they've gone through two federal elections on only donations they have clearly already collectively invested many thousands of dollars in their efforts to legalize marijuana in Canada.


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thorin_bane
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posted 16 October 2006 06:45 AM      Profile for thorin_bane     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
To be honest about it. The only people I know who voted MP where big pot heads...some of them didn't even know the many uses of MJ. So they could have a different name and an actaul platform, but I doubt they would get even close to the same number of votes.
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