Sunday, March 09, 2008

"Old Style Politics"

The only positive in having Harper actually govern, is in watching the old right talking points evaporate. Remember all the angry directed towards the Liberals, the "Liberals of Montreal", a party who's version of federalism played favorites, pandered, gave disproportionate attention. Must be a painful pill to swallow for the faithful, watching these new crusaders behave like, well, Liberals:
The Harper government has been channelling a disproportionate amount of economic development money in Quebec into Conservative-held ridings...

the Conservatives held 10 of the 75 federal seats in Quebec, giving them a 13.3 per cent share. However, projects in Conservative ridings received 22 per cent of the agency's funding...

Ridings held by the Bloc Quebecois received funding roughly in line with the party's share of seats in the province. The Bloc held 51, or 68 per cent, of the seats in Quebec over most of the period studied, and Bloc ridings received 69 per cent of the agency's funding. By contrast, Liberal MPs occupied 13 seats, or 17.3 per cent of the total, but their ridings only received 8.5 per cent of Canada Economic Development's funding.

On average, each Conservative seat received $10.8 million in economic development money. That is more than one and a half times the average of $6.6 million that Bloc Quebecois ridings have received, and more than three times the $3.2-million average for Liberal ridings.

"There are two stories here. One is the partisan favouritism and the corollary to that is that (the results) suggest this is a pork barrel," said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.

I guess we can check cronyism, patronage and an end to "old style politics" off the sanctimonious list of the believers. Same old, same old, probably worse given the self-annointed moral supremacy.

10 comments:

Raphael Alexander said...

I've thoroughly, and I mean thoroughly, refuted this garbage on my blog. Gist of it, if you don't want to read it:

There is no disproportionate funding. ridings are different and each require different funding. Additionally, only 3 of the top 20 funded riding are Tory. So... really. Where's the controversy Steve?

Nice try though.

Dante said...

Ah the good all days. The days when more money was funneled into Chretien's riding than all Alberta.

George said...

Wnat no gulf course and getting rid of bank managers who do not approve the loan to the Prime Minister's friends?

burlivespipe said...

What GEorge< bribing a dying man or fixing a municipal election isn't enuf for you guys? Don't worry, I'm sure Harpocrite has his eyes on a few nervous bank managers as we speak... And I wouldn't be surprised if the so-called Leader's riding isn't benefiting through an exaggerated number of donut shops.

Mé said...

Can anyone get a list of ridings and their funding?

RuralSandi said...

And Diefenbaker cancelled Avro - so the point is for the CPC trolls is look back at anything bad and not face that their great Kahuna is no different and put himself on the sanctimonious shelf and quite frankly LIED about what he and who he was.

Harper is worse - because he promised to do things differently and be purer that the driven snow.
The snow is soiled.

Anonymous said...

Thats quite the strange analogy...to address it though, I'm not proud of what Diefenbaker did to the Avro Company, both as a conservative and a Canadian. But Liberals try to pretend that Chretien was a god who did nothing un-ethical whatsoever during his time. Just admit that the man was a master of funneling money to his own riding.

Steve V said...

raphael

They've already shown they favor certain provinces, why is it so hard to believe they do the same within the province? There's always an excuse, there's always a reason, there's always a diversion, there's always the muddling, it's always so PREDICTABLE. Keep trying, lots of work to do :)

Anonymous said...

Not a strange analogy - just because Johnnie jumped off a bridge should Georgie do it to?

Dwelling on past doesn't make it okay for the present ones to be doing things they promised they wouldn't do.

This Johnnie hit me first stuff is not an argument.

Steve V said...

anon

I take great comfort, watching Conservatives defend their actions using the dirty Liberals. Too rich. Seems to be a common theme these days.