Okay, I knew that all political parties get $1.75 per each vote obtained after an election. What I didn't know is that it's not a one time payment after an election, it's an annual payment, made in quarterly installments. Here's the latest QUARTERLY installment:
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Announces Second Quarter
Allowances Paid to Registered Political Parties
So, doing the math, if an election is held every 4 years, they would receive:
Green $ 5,187,699.20
That's a lot of taxpayer money. Oh, and they get an adjustment for inflation on top of that!
I see why they frame it as only $1.75 per vote. If the average Canadian, like me, understood how much it really amounts to per year, per party, I think there would be a huge stink! The Greens get $5 million and they don't even have an MP elected! No wonder the Liberals don't care about fund raising, they don't need to, not with $2 million coming in every three months, adding up to over 30 million in 4 years!
Here's how the Conservatives can get an election called....abolish this payment, make parties rely on fund raising. If they are rolling in the donations like we are told, they can afford to do without this "allowance"!! The other parties would never support that bill, so make it a confidence vote! Somehow, I don't think this will happen.