One receives a partial, refundable tax credit for donations to candidates in provincial elections. Given the fact that those of higher economic status tend to be more likely to be donors than those of lower economic status, a more equitable means of encouraging political participation would be to replace this subsidy with a per vote subsidy, possibly only up to a maximum of the electoral expenses of the campaign.
Given the level of corruption we are witnessing recently with regard to illegal corporate campaign donations, coupled with the anonymity afforded by Attorney/Client privilege. All practicing members of the Bar should be precluded from making donations to Political Parties, Candidates or riding associations so as to further prevent corporate interests avoiding campaign contribution caps or other scrutiny and maintain ...more »
Political candidates were permitted to spend $1.19 per elector (plus a northern allowance) for the 2011 general election. Considering the fact that electoral boundaries are based on population rather than electors, and the ridings which have a relatively small proportion of the population who are electors (due to a large immigrant population) have higher cost due to potential language barriers, the campaign expense limits ...more »
Candidates in the electoral districts which the Ontario government designates as being northern Ontario are permitted to spend more in election campaigns compared to the rest of Ontario. Northern Ontario already receives greater representation in the provincial legislature than one would expect given its population.
Use the money currently spent for advertising by Elections Ontario toward a per-vote subsidy up to a maximum of the electoral expenses incurred by the candidates.