Via LPC: MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, Brian Murphy discovered that Stephen Harper’s September 28th speech on the government’s economic update was for Conservatives only.
Sadly, this isn’t an “unfortunate incident” at all, but an example of a pattern whereby the Harper Conservatives use public funds — billions of your own dollars in stimulus spending in this case — for partisan political purposes. Or at least, so it would seem. But has anybody actually spent the time to do the mathematical correlation backing up that assertion? It would certainly be more than a little interesting to see a graphic breakdown of the money expended to ridings held by the Conservatives relative to those represented by other parties.
Perhaps what may be another example of this closer to home, I noted a recent pitch that arrived in the mail the other week from the local Conservative candidate promising a multi-million dollar overpass that it’s claimed will ease traffic congestion on the main route between Victoria and the West Shore communities if he’s elected. Given this was the “central theme” in his last bid for the seat and is now a “commitment” for his next try at the seat, one logically presumes that it wouldn’t at all be in the interest of the Conservative party to exploit the “tremendous infrastructure opportunities” as Mr. DeSouza puts it until such time as he’s elected.