“We have never accepted and consistently opposed this subsidy,” PC House Leader Kelvin Goertzen said. “Those parties planning to apply for it in 2016 need to know it will be ending. We are providing them notice: if a new PC government is elected, any vote tax money received or applied for in 2016 will need to be refunded to taxpayers.”
The taxpayer-funded subsidy was introduced by the Manitoba NDP in 2008. Since then the NDP and the Liberals have accepted more than $1 million. More than three quarters of the vote tax subsidy paid out since 2012 has gone to the governing NDP.
“Manitobans should not be forced to provide these per vote subsidies to political parties,” Goertzen said. “Every political party has the option of seeking the voluntary support of time or money from Manitobans and that is what they should do. Manitobans are already paying too high a tax burden and they should not be asked to pay for this political party subsidy.”
Goertzen says his party is providing this notice now because political parties will begin filing their annual returns soon and making application for the vote tax subsidy.