The federal government will provide $110 million to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City in 2008.
Ottawa will provide $40 million for festivities to mark the occasion and $70 million for various infrastructure projects, Heritage Minister Beverly Oda and Francophonie Minister Josee Verner announced Monday...
The Quebec government is also providing $40 million for the festivities, while Quebec City is contributing $10 million.
Don't get me wrong, there is some importance tied to this milestone. However, $110 million seems like a ridiculous expenditure and a disporportionate share for the federal government. Why is Ottawa picking up 69% of the tab? This announcement, particularly the "infastructure" portion, smacks of pork barrel politics meant to appease, rather than genuine reasoning. I don't think the federal government, with all the pressing needs of the country, can afford to waste this huge sum on a birthday bash. Apparently, political considerations take precedent over practical use of public money.