I was surprised to learn that tax payers would be funding parties in this fashion as it was not discussed openly during the election. I do understand that this is common in other provincial jurisdictions, but still.... I'd be interested to know the comparison between the dollar amounts i.e. tax credits issued for individual donations vs the anticipated monies such a subsidy may generate, for interest sake I suppose.
We appreciate your feedback Cary, thank you. I also wondered when I first heard about the allowance, why parties can’t just quit cold turkey. After all - it worked for the BC Greens! It turns out, that approach could actually be really dangerous for our democracy. So the way I see it, the per-vote allowance gives all parties a chance to get rid of corporate donations right away, while continuing the essential work they do for democracy in BC - talking to voters, supporting MLAs and developing policy ideas. That’s one of the reasons our BC Green MLAs support the government’s bill. The most important thing is to get big money out of politics as soon as possible.
The green caucus did not enter negotiations seeking an allowance, however, compromised with the NDP government. Additionally, details will become more clear as the bill passes through its readings in the legislature.