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I pretend to be a Conservative MP handing out government money..

..and crediting it to my party instead. Here I am sending you all your very own partisan infrastructure stimulus funding novelty cheque:

Do you also want to be a Conservative MP for a day? Create your own novelty cheque.

By the way, on a more serious and related note, read the Jim Travers article this AM on this pork-barrelling the Conservatives are engaging in:

Almost daily reports that the ruling party is favouring ridings it holds now and those it hopes to win soon mask deeper problems. Conservatives either don’t know or won’t say precisely how all those taxpayer dollars are being spent.

Call it confusion or obfuscation, Ottawa’s […]

More on Tony Clement's pork-barrel politicking.

The Ottawa Citizen and Halifax Chronicle-Herald and their 2 investigative reporters, Glen Mcgregor and Stephen Maher, do some more bang-up reporting on Minister Tony Clement’s riding getting major stimulus projects while other hard-off ridings held by opposition politicians get short-changed:

Minister’s riding landed 15 times more than Nova Scotia riding from fund to help communities

The Ontario riding of Industry Minister Tony Clement received 15 times as much money as a struggling Nova Scotia riding through a $1-billion program intended to help small towns hit by the failure of pulp mills, auto plants and other industries creamed by the global economic downturn. Clement’s Parry Sound-Muskoka riding, which includes both affluent […]

A thankless job.

I admire the folks for helping to run this on a volunteer basis every year:

Canadian Blog Awards 3 Days Away!

The 2009 CBAs are right around the corner. The categories have been trimmed, and the voting has gone preferential so voting splitting will be reduced. And you can nominate your favourite blogs and posts from the last year to get the competition underway, starting October 25, 2009.

The Canadian Blog Awards, which celebrate the best in the Canadian blog world, are back for 2009! This annual competition allows anyone to nominate a favourite Canadian blog or blogger in categories including “Best New Blog”, “Best Political Blog”, “Best Humour […]

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 […]

This guy 'gets' Harper; hopefully we will as well.

I saw this fellow being quoted over at Impolitical’s blog this AM, but I think his analysis of Harper is well worth repeating:

Michael Behiels, a native of Alberta’s Peace River country, teaches Canadian constitutional history at the University of Ottawa. He says Harper’s approach to politics and governance is shaped by his Christian fundamentalism. “Harper is a fundamentalist ‘values’ conservative and his evangelical Christian views drive both his domestic and foreign policy agendas,” Behiels continues. “On foreign policy, Harper is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican who maintains that the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have a mission, a religious duty, so to speak, to impose an American form of democracy on […]

More media investigations on stimulus grants..

..this one is done by the Globe and Mail, and they find more evidence of Conservatives funneling money disproportionately to ridings they held over ones held by opposition parties – this time in reference to funding for recreational facilities:

A high-profile Harper government stimulus program created to build hockey rinks and other recreation projects has funnelled about 33 per cent per cent more money to Conservative seats than to opposition ridings in the battleground province of Ontario. An analysis by The Globe and Mail shows Tory ridings received an average of $2.1-million, compared to $1.5-million on average for opposition ridings.

This bolsters even further the Liberals study initiated by Gerard […]

What’s that old Winston Churchill Lord Acton saying?

Gerry Nicholls, who worked with Stephen Harper at the right-wing National Citizens Coalition several years ago, and has been one of Harper’s most vocal critics from the right-wing conservative side of the Canadian political spectrum over all these partisan maneuvers the Conservative government is attempting to do with politicizing the Economic Action Plan (the various list of partisan things they’ve been doing is listed at my previous blogpost) was quoted last night on the CBC National as saying this:

“When I worked with Stephen Harper at the national citizens’ coalition, this kind of stuff used to drive him crazy when governments would use public money for partisan purposes.”

I […]

Replacing doorknobs is part of the Conservatives economic stimulus?

Apparently so:

The Harper government is plastering signs promoting its economic action plan on federal buildings that are receiving what Liberals say is routine maintenance. Liberal MP Wayne Easter says a huge “propaganda” sign has been posted outside an RCMP building in Charlottetown, where “internal door hardware” — otherwise known as door knobs — are being installed…

“Do you think this is stimulus, putting a door knob in an RCMP building in this country? (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper calls this stimulus?” he said, holding up a door knob for emphasis. “For every (time) he screws a light bulb in a building, he’ll probably have a sign out in front of […]

Scrub it off

You’ll remember on Friday that I and some others pointed out that it was improper to have Harper’s staged piano stunt on an official Government of Canada website that was supposed to be talking about the Economic Action Plan. Many of the usual Conservative supporting apologists got on here and elsewhere and tried to dismiss it either as harmless fun or else trying to use the lame excuse about the Liberals having done it before – as if that somehow absolved Harper and the Conservatives.

Well, it appears the Conservative government took the criticism to heart a lot more seriously then its defenders, because as pointed out by BCL yesterday, […]

Partisan games above and beyond the checks

Conservative MP’s putting their names and party logo on what are supposed to be official government of Canada cheques for economic stimulus funding is bad enough, but now we’ve got another farce showing up on official Government of Canada websites. Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star explains:

Say you’re looking for information from your federal government about the economic-stimulus plan. You go to the government’s website.

And then you notice that things are a little quiet at the old computer. Some piano music might be nice. Considerately, the federal government has thought about this — just click on the YouTube link on the top corner, and you can be serenaded […]

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