An election is never a waste of money. Any time Canadians have a chance to exercise one of the pillars of democracy is a chance for Canadians to make change (or not) in our country.
Does change have to occur for an election to be worthwhile?
Not much changed on Oct 14. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party won an additional 16 seats in Parliament and little else changed. That doesn't mean the election was pointless; clearly, many citizens voted 'if its not broken don't fix it'.
Yet many citizens believe that the government wasted $300 million to keep things the same. This is not true.
I know many web developers, graphic designers, printers, sign makers, writers, button makers, pollsters, TV networks, video producers, the people manning the election booths and every other Canadian whom profited from the election, all of whom are Canadians, all paying taxes and all spending the money with other Canadian businesses.
Close to five exchanges of this money and the government taxes have recollected all the money spent.
Call it a stimulus package if you will: elections are a good format to pump dollars into the country including local economies and it gets money to circulate.
Election costs also don't play favourites. The monies spent are proportionately spread across the country. It's democratic spending at its best.
Consider the additional dollars spent by the political parties, and Canada had a tidy sum of money pumped into the economy and that is not a waste of money.
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