Cash-starved parties are dumbing down our politics

Our political parties are cash-starved and ravenous, around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Thanks to reforms begun by then-prime-minister Jean Chretien in 2004 and broadened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006 and 2011, we enjoy a wonderfully egalitarian political fundraising model – that isn’t working. In fact the system itself is helping make our politics meaner, dumber and more myopic than ever before.

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