John Horgan speaks with provincial NDP supporters at a fundraiser reception at the Coast Bastion Hotel in 2016. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Party subsidies fair

My moral compass as a Canadian is to try and make sure there is an even playing field

To the editor,

Re: Politicians looting public treasury, Opinion, Sept. 28.

So Stephen Harper did away with welfare for political parties and the Conservatives kick butt in fundraising. And what is this supposed to prove? That the majority of Canadians are conservative? It of course has nothing to do with the reality that wealthy people like to protect their own interests, have more to give and will contribute to the party that sets up systems allowing them to retain and increase their own wealth? Privilege reinforces itself constantly.

Last time I checked the majority of Canadians are not wealthy. I like to think that part of my moral compass as a Canadian is to try and make sure there is, at the very least, an even playing field for most of the players in most situations. Distributing ‘welfare’ subsidization to the parties that work harder for the people and the environment as opposed to economic and business interests sounds like a really good idea to me. It sounds Canadian.

Susan James, Nanaimo

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