Newfoundland and Labrador's federal cabinet minister denies rock-bottom polling results are related to a blitz of spending announcements he has made across the province this week.
Loyola Hearn made announcements on 44 separate projects over the last three days, in a marathon of proclamations and news releases that involved everything from waterworks to heritage festivals to tourism chalets.
At almost $32 million in federal funding over three days, Hearn's work breaks down to about $44,000 per hour. His office issued three dozen media advisories as he toured through Stephenville, Corner Brook, Harbour Breton, Conne River, St. Alban's, Gander and Glovertown.
To be fair, many of the announcements aren't new expenditures, but it is equally true to say the spending blitz is pure damage control. Methinks Mr. Hearn will still receive a lump of coal from voters next election :)