Friday, July 20, 2007

Cha Ching

I hope the Conservatives Quebec poll numbers rebound soon, in the name of fiscal responsibility:
The Conservative government is adding a rapid deployment force to a Quebec air force base, continuing a military spending spree in the province.

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor unveiled the plan Friday at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville , where the 550 troops will be based.

The government will spend about $300-million over seven years on the self-contained unit, which will be ready to move quickly to any trouble spot in Canada or around the world.

It is the second military commitment for Mr. O'Connor and the Conservatives in two days in Quebec, where they need to gain support if they hope to form a majority government in the next federal election.

Why not just hand out 100 dollar bills at polling stations and keep it real?

11 comments:

ottlib said...

Have you noticed that virtually all of the domestic political announcements this government has been making this summer have been about the military.

Ships for the north, refitting of the patrol frigates, reopening of CMR and now this.

What Conservatives have never understood is there is a reason why PMs from Trudeau through to Chretien were able to get away with underfunding the military.

It was never a priority for the majority of Canadians and it still is not despite the War on Terror and the Cold War before that.

So all of these military announcements are going to have little or no effect.

Not that I am complaining. I have no problem with these announcements and the fact that they will have little or no positive effect on Conservative fortunes is just a bonus.

Steve V said...

"Have you noticed that virtually all of the domestic political announcements this government has been making this summer have been about the military."

Is all this money already allocated in the budget? It seems like an orgy of spending.

Anonymous said...

Yup, buying Quebec while manufacturing in Ontario is going down the drain.

Is this was Harper wants? Money and power in Alberta and appease Quebec for his majority? It seems so. He's doing absolutely "nothing" for Ontario/manufacturing - why?

knb said...

Why not just hand out 100 dollar bills at polling stations and keep it real?

Shhhh! ;)

ottlib I had noticed where the majority of the money is going. To be honest, if they keep it up, I think it could have a net negative effect. Too many other sectors are suffering.

I'm with Steve, where the heck is all this money coming from? I presume it was allocated, but I don't remember all of this when the budget was brought forward.

Anonymous said...

How much of O'Connor's speech was in French?
I'm guessing he had lapdogs unelected Minister Fortier or Maxime Bernier to assist.

Anonymous said...

It was Fortier - with a totally partisan jab - he said the Liberals and BLOC wouldn't do this - it's the Conservatives that get it done. Sigh....

knb said...

it's the Conservatives that get it done

That has become as lame, in the true sense of the word, as Canada's "New" Government.

I've finally figured out what really irks me about the Harper gang, (obviously aside from policy). It is that they reduce everything to a grade six level and have actually turned our system into a cartoon.

Whether or not I agreed with politicians in the past, I was always proud of Canada. Now...not so much. We look foolish and are behaving foolishly. I hate that.

Somehow we've mostly managed to stay above the fray and we did that with dignity. There is nothing dignified about this government or this PM.

Steve V said...

"Yup, buying Quebec while manufacturing in Ontario is going down the drain."

I don't want to sound too "provincial", but it is a good question- what is the Harper government's strategy to stop the decay in the manufacturing sector? I have heard absolutely nothing.

Anonymous said...

im assuming everyone knows who intends to run for the conservs in this riding...caille - the same guy that passed on outrement.
a coincidence, yeah right.

Woman at Mile 0 said...

Agreed the defense spending will do nothing for them in the polls. The spending on Quebec is glaringly coming at the expense of the rest of the country so they could easily lose on this course of action in the end.

Steve V said...

woman

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of expenditures, per province. Just for fun.