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Inconvenient comments from Conservatives on Budgets

Inconvenient comment #1:














Inconvenient Comment #2:

Former Conservative Finance Minister – the late Jim Flaherty – ruled out dipping into contingency fund last year to balance the books:

Flaherty told CBC News it would be “imprudent” to do so as the fund has frequently proven necessary. “If you do the arithmetic, we could have had a budget balanced by $100,000,” Flaherty said at the time. “I prefer to have a nice clean surplus.”

Inconvenient Comment #3:

Again from Jim Flaherty: this time rejecting dipping into the EI fund to balance the books:

“We do not take […]


It takes a radical to know a radical

Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, is apparently mad that his government’s plan to dump an oil pipeline through some of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness and have oil tankers come through to pick it up (and why should anyone be concerned about that, right? Exxon Valdez… cough) has been slowed down by environmental review hearings and thousands of people wanting to comment on it (and presumably express their opposition to the plan). He’s taken to calling Environmental groups and others who oppose this as “radicals”.

Pressed on what he defines as radical, he came up with a remarkably good explanation:

In an interview on CBC News Network, Oliver said radicals […]

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