In 2004, Jean Chrétien’s Liberals banned corporations and unions from contributing financially to political parties. In 2008, opposition leaders were prepared to defeat the Conservative Party over its proposal to eliminate public subsidies to parties. In this book, prominent political scientists explore the underlying issues that led to the showdown. Are publicly funded parties compatible with democracy? What effects has party finance reform had on elections and on the balance of power between parties and donors and between national parties and local organizations? Contributors show that campaign finance reforms have shaped party organization and electoral competition, contributing to successive minority governments.
Lisa Young is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary. Harold J. Jansen is an associate professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge.
Contributors: André Blais, Robert G. Boatright, David Coletto, William Cross, John Crysler, Munroe Eagles, Justin Fisher, Richard S. Katz, Peter John Loewen, F. Leslie Seidle