I'm not worried about the per vote subsidy being axed, primarily because it demands the Liberals sink or swim based on merit. The former system worked in many regards- the Conservatives clearly politically motivated rather than deep ideological desire- but the new reality is clear and "fair" in a basic sense. The Conservatives have allowed a phase out process that doesn't begin until next year, meaning an adjustment period is available. How the Liberals ultimately fare will be entirely our own doing, so beyond the changes, there is now an inherent mechanism that rewards the resonators, punishes ineffective and inapplicable messengers.
If Liberals are sitting here in four years "decimated" by the political fundraising changes, then I'm not blaming Harper, I'm looking in the mirror. Let's not forget, we still have a 75% credit for small donations, hardly a herculean commitment required to assist a political entity. If Liberals can't motivate Canadians to "give" within this generous tax credit system, then we're an utter failure and frankly we deserve to die. It's a pretty simple equation, motivate people with your ideas and vision, the future is bright, continue being a paleozoic entity with no real world applications and you are literally bankrupt. Let's forget about the Conservatives, what is wrong with that proposition, what is unfair about it, is it not exactly what Liberals need?
The new rules will force a grassroots revival, it is now the ONLY path available to the Liberals. This undertaking is not an impossible task, or a "handicapped" reality, it's pure democracy and there is no reason we can't thrive with the right message. Liberals are no longer entitled to anything, we have to earn every penny, Canadians must say, I like what you stand for and I'm prepared to pitch in for the CAUSE. If Liberals are sitting here in four years broke and generating little enthusiasm, then it really is a legitimate question to ask if we are no longer relevant to Canadian politics. Fundraising is now a barometer, there will be a direct co-relation between the coffers and conviction. I'm now fine with this new situation, because it's all about self determination, we have to appeal, no comfort blankets exist.
Liberals control their own destiny on the fundraising front. This whole issue now revolves around our performance, there is NO reason we can't thrive, and if we don't I won't be blaming the Conservatives. Bottom line.