We see an article out today stating that not only is the Conservative government’s stimulus nowhere near to being implemented, what has gone out the door has gone massively to Conservative-held ridings:
Liberal research suggests only 12 per cent of the $4 billion set aside for immediate job-creating infrastructure projects has actually flowed so far – a far cry from the Harper government’s claim that 80 per cent of its economic stimulus plan is being implemented. Gerard Kennedy, the Liberal infrastructure critic, says that means a maximum of 4,800 jobs has been created since the infrastructure stimulus fund was created in last January’s budget. And that barely makes a dent in the 5,800 jobs that have been lost each month since the budget…. Liberal research also concluded the money has gone disproportionately to Conservative ridings. The average Conservative riding got 13 times as much money as the average opposition riding in British Columbia, 2.7 times as much in Quebec. In Ontario, Conservative ridings got 11 per cent more than opposition ridings.
And today, we also come across a news report where a Conservative candidate matter-of-factly admits that his riding hasn’t gotten any stimulus money because the riding isn’t held by a Conservative member of Parliament:
..suggesting he agrees with Gerard Kennedy’s study that the stimulus package – or at least, what little of it has managed to get out the door – appears as if it is being used by the Conservatives in a pork-barrel politics type of way to reward their own ridings, while leaving others hanging – which is implicitly saying to voters if you want the spoils, you need to vote Conservative to get them.