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More international media attention for Canada (for the wrong reasons).

On this particular day, it’s the Economist’s editors who decide to ask the question about what Harper was thinking about when he put together the Billion Dollar Boondoggle known as the G8/G20 Meetings. Rather stern stuff here:

A loonie boondoggle: Ostentation in a time of austerity

…The prime minister has become the butt of jokes for commissioning an artificial lake, complete with mock canoes and recordings of the call of the loon, for the G20 summit’s media centre—which sits just yards from the real Lake Ontario. In Muskoka taxpayers are on the hook for a refurbished steamboat that won’t even float until the summit is over, and new outdoor toilets 20km from the meeting site. So much for small government.

If Harper subscribes to the saying “Any publicity is good publicity”, he’s certainly getting it. Canada’s back, baby!

3 comments to More international media attention for Canada (for the wrong reasons).

  • ridenrain

    All those little complaints will be lost in the near future, when this advertizing has paid off and Canada secures new trade relationships. While Iggy is in China, securing his post-political folks future, China is here buying shares in our tar-sands.

    • TofKW

      @ridenrain, Wow; more brain-dead conservatives supporting a big-spending government who wastes taxpayer’s dollars? I have news for you, it’s wrong when Liberal governments do it …and it’s just as wrong when Conservative governments do it.

      ridenrain, I know you’re a government spokesthingie:
      Bureaucrats monitor online forums

      So seriously, you should be on the Flogging Bories forum trying to convince them and not bother with us. Only 11% think the government spending is appropriate …so even the big majority of your own base knows this stinks. Go work on them before the Reform Party v2.0 gets created.

  • Timothy

    Please go to the Economist link and add useful comment to counter the dribble.

    The coloration between excessive military and security cost resulting from non-compete contracts.

    Corruption and Military Spending
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=879367

    Anecdotal evidence relates corruption with high levels of military spending. This paper tests empirically whether such a relationship exists. The empirical analysis is based on data from four different sources for up to 120 countries in the period 1985-98, The association between military spending and corruption is ascertained by using panel regression techniques. The results suggest that corruption is indeed associated with higher military spending as a share of both GDP and total government spending, as well as with arms procurement in relation to GDP and total government spending. This evidence indicates that defense spending can be considered for constructing governance indicators.

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