Presented without comment other than to observe that the argument strikes me as being somewhat incoherent.
Okay, I fibbed and so herewith are a few remarks to elaborate on that a bit… Ignatieff seems to be claiming on the one hand that the federal government has been disgorging billions of dollars to enrich the fortunes of Conservative officials and disproportionately benefit the ridings they control, while at the same time engaging in a wider clandestine scheme to “starve the beast” (alluding to Grover Norquist’s infamous phrase) and lower expectations of the government as an effective provider or facilitator of economic solutions. If that’s actually so, then it’s a terribly cunning and remarkably convoluted plan. I think maybe it might be better for the LPC to focus on the alleged incompetence issue rather than trying to introduce this somewhat conspiratorial and weirdly ideological component into the debate.
But who knows? Maybe Ignatieff is actually onto something here. It could be the agenda of the Harper Conservatives is to dig a hole with all of their lavish stimulus spending so vastly enormous that it will enable them to: a) win a majority government through targeted funding and distribution of pork; and then, once fully in control of the levers of power, to; b) cut the government to the bone and eliminate any programs they find objectionable in order to be “fiscally responsible” or some such thing when they eventually have to reign in expenses, thereby effectively re-structuring the government according to their ideological principles. Maybe not such a crazy idea… It’s just a thought.