After the budget, there is no word for this announcement, except for obscene:
The Tories are set to announce a $900-million aid package for Canada's aerospace industry, with most of the money going to businesses in the politically key province of Quebec.
The money, to be spent over five years, will go to research and development, Radio-Canada reports.
Although the funding is not going specifically to Quebec, most of the top industry firms are based in the province.
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Public Works Minister Michael Fortier will make the announcement in Montreal Monday.
In the past, the Conservative government has said it prefers cutting taxes to create a business-friendly environment over subsidies.
Federal Liberals are criticizing the new funding announcement, saying it amounts to politicking.
Nevermind the Harper hypocrisy on subsidizing industry, it's time to ask the question, what the heck is happening here? If recent developments articulate Harper's view of federalism, then clearly the country doesn't work anymore. There is nothing unique in trying to appease certain regions of the country, but Harper's pandering is unparalled and risks division and animosity.
The notions of fairness, the greater good, are cynically replaced with political expediency. The scary part, if Harper is actually rewarded for such transparency, what does that say about Canada? Just imagine if the Liberals were engaged in such practices, the howls from Alberta would be deafening. Where is the Reform "base", why the silence? The duplicity is absolutely amazing and frankly undercuts much of the legitimate dissent.
I want a strong, vibrant Quebec, that is given the means to protect its unique identity. Having said that, Quebecers should be offended that Stephen Harper has such low regard for them that he thinks he can simply buy their affection. The whole strategy is really insulting, insulting to other provinces because of the uneven attention, and insulting to Quebecers because of the naked manipulation. Today, only re-affirms my opinion that Canada doesn't have a government, it has a marketing outfit who's sole purpose is the acquistion of power.
H/T Woman at Mile 0