Since Canada's youth will ultimately foot the bill for Reform-Conservative abuse of tax dollars, it's imperative that more of them speak out.
It's become painfully clear that Harper is using the stimulus funds for partisan purposes, with no clear plan to clean up his mess.
These kids deserve answers, not rhetoric and cheap political tricks.
Recently Kelly McParland, columnist for the National Post, wrote "Ignatieff has been the target of criticism here at the National Post for quite some time. We're supposed to do that ... " He then went on to list several negative comments about the Liberal Leader that he had uncovered from various newspapers, in a Reform-Conservative style attack ad. The National Post apparently is supposed to do that. No wonder they're going bankrupt; morally and financially.
Well in a turnabout is fair play move, Warren Kinsella has done the same, collecting comments from several sources, about Harper's theft of our tax dollars. These are for you Kelly:
"The Economic Action Plan is just as much about stimulating the Conservative party's reelection chances... This is an abuse of tax dollars. Canadians should not be forced, through their taxes, to subsidize a political party's agenda." (Gerry Nicholls, National Post, Friday, October 16, 2009)
"I understand why they would want to take credit... MP's have to get elected, and re-elected. But there has to be a line drawn." (Howard Wilson, former ethics commissioner, October 15, 2009)
"I'm more troubled in the end by the notion that there might be a pattern to this that has seen money go to Conservative ridings rather than other ridings, and that to me breaks or is more over the line than actually even those cheques." (Chantal Hebert, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"It's symbolic of something underneath it which is a habit... that says that the public's money is their own, a program of government that says it's entitled to use that money to the furtherance of its own partisan political interests." (Andrew Coyne, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"It goes against everything that Stephen Harper campaigned on and against the notion once again that a new prime minister and a new regime was going to clean up the way Ottawa works." (Chantal Hebert, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"There really is sort of layer upon layer of scandal here. You've got not just the use of the logos but the use of individual MPs handing out this money." ( Andrew Coyne, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"Gerald Keddy is not a minister of the Crown. He's got no business anywhere near that ceremony. This is a corruption of their role. They're supposed to be watchdogs on the public purse." (Andrew Coyne, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"The Conservative MPs who splashed their names across big stupid cheques are... behaving corruptly by using public funds for personal or partisan political gain." (Colby Cosh, National Post, October 16, 2009)
"Beyond the shameful chequebook politics, there's an apparent tendency to concentrate stimulus funding in government-held ridings." (Don Martin, National Post, October 16, 2009)
"Keddy probably thought adding the logo to the cheque would spruce up the photo-op of him handing it over to a grateful recipient. Or perhaps he just wanted to make sure the recipient remembered who to thank come the next federal election. Either way, his action caused a storm of protest." (Gerry Nicholls, National Post, October 16, 2009)
"The partisan handouts are just the latest game played with your tax dollars by a government that promised to do things differently. It has blanketed the airwaves with government-promotion ads at a pace six times the rate of any H1N1 public education blitz." (Don Martin, National Post, October 16, 2009)
"La seule conclusion possible du commissaire à l'éthique doit être que cette pratique utilisée par 47 députés conservateurs est contre l'éthique parlementaire." (Jean Saint-Cyr, L'Acadie Nouvelle, 16 octobre 2009)
"L'argent remis par le député conservateur, Gerald Keddy, n'est ni le sien, ni celui du parti, mais bien l'argent des contribuables canadiens." (Jean Saint-Cyr, L'Acadie Nouvelle, 16 octobre 2009)
"It is well known that I am a Conservative government supporter and have been keeping a list of Harper government accomplishments as a show of that support. However, I sure don't support this latest streak of partisanship when it comes to government business - by including a Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) logo on stimulus project presentation cheques." (Sandra Crux, Crux-of-the-matter blog, October 15, 2009)
"I think people are intelligent enough to figure out what party the MP handing out the stimulus cheque belongs to. And we're also smart enough to figure out when we're being lied to." (Raphael Alexander, National Post blog, October 15, 2009)
"That is not how government works. Once someone is elected a Member of Parliament, they then represent ALL the people of their riding, not just those of the party who voted for them. Moreover, how would Conservatives feel if the Liberals were doing this?" (Sandra Crux, Crux-of-the-matter blog, October 15, 2009)
"There really isn't a Conservative Party anymore. There's only a Tory Party. Any of the conservatism has been bleached out of them. They're simply not interested in those issues anymore." (Andrew Coyne, CBC The National, October 15, 2009)
"Perhaps Canada needs a new conservative party... Lately some (MPs) have taken to decorating these with a Conservative Party logo. Our money -- their logo." (Michael Den Tandt, Toronto Sun, October 16, 2009)