LETTERS: Political subsidies

Editor:

I’m concerned about the way government consumes our tax dollars.

Editor:

I’m concerned about the way government consumes our tax dollars.

They take donations from big business and buy expensive TV ads to trick the voter.

It then rewards business with grants – again, bribes.

Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) provides funding to the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC). Up to $200,000 to companies that will hire foreign cheap labour over Canadian workers.

One company stood out. How many others are on the bribery merry-go-round?

Since 2005, XYZ Industries (not its real name) donated approximately $150,000 in political contributions to the provincial Liberal party.

XYZ Industries received up to a $100,000 grant from the provincial Liberals for hiring immigrant labour 2012-13.

At what point do we call it conflict of interest? Or even bribery?

Most of these grants went to chambers of commerce and were thus laundered in anonymity. But it is still a case of the revolving door – taxpayers give money to government; government forwards some to business; and business gives some back to government as political donations – the perfect recipe for plutocracy.

The only one being cheated is the taxpayer.

My query: How much money is flowing back and forth between business and our provincial government at the expense of the taxpayer?

R.K. Grace, Surrey

 

 

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