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More Conservative slush – this time in Northern Ontario.

A press release and report from Gerard Kennedy that is now at the Liberals homepage that you might find of interest:

Stephen Harper’s pork-barrel politics extends to Northern Ontario, where he let Tony Clement give Conservative ridings twice as much infrastructure funding as opposition-held ridings, a Liberal analysis shows. Under the first comprehensive look at all of the stimulus funds in announced in Northern Ontario, the Conservatives gave their two Northern Ontario ridings an average of $35 million, compared to $18 million on average for the other eight ridings in the region held by opposition parties.

It appears Minister Clement’s riding did very well in getting stimulus money, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the partisan nature of this government as it pertains to handing out stimulus funds that we’ve already seen evident.


7 comments to More Conservative slush – this time in Northern Ontario.

  • Frank

    The Liberals have dealed themselves into a death spiral.

    • Christina Monroe

      @Frank,The Liberal’s are not in a downward spiral. Just because Conservative’s need to spin everything to their “gain” does not in fact make the PM care. He is too busy watching American news to hear how much real Canadian’s hate him. Perhaps you should join a party that lets you have a voice and think? Instead of telling you what to believe and say.

    • Jon Pertwee

      @Frank, Dealed themselves? Sorry Scott, I know you don’t like grammar nitpicking but that one is just too much. But its just a bit of talking point so I figured maybe Frank could read his comments out loud before he hits submit. Hopefully I havent dealed myself into trouble. It was a good laugh for a grey morning here though so thanks Frank!

  • Richard

    George Smitherman says otherwise.

    So the fact that there are 450 municipalities, many of them small, meant that there were more requests in the mix for smaller communities.

    “I think that’s why you see it’s a little more distributed towards rural Ontario and by coincidence, that happens to be where Conservatives represent the ridings.”

    Toronto scored big when other initiatives were considered, Smitherman argued.

    “The knowledge infrastructure program, which is for post-secondary education, you’ll see that Toronto actually comes out with a higher degree of investment than its proportion of population…I’m pretty confident that there’s going to be a very equitable regional distribution once we’ve completed the allocation of all those dollars.”

  • Leigh

    While rec centres are nice, it’s a pity in many ways that so much of the stimulus money is used for short term projects that don’t really create the kinds of infrastrutures needed for the economies, etc of the future. Investing in education creates the highly educated workers that pay higher taxes.

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