This article about a two week extravaganza of taxpayer funded advertising has a lot of elements.
The story of course is that in the time leading up to the Liberal non-confidence motion, the Reform Conservatives spent more than three million dollars on an advertising blitz, suggesting that they had created a wallop of jobs with this so-called action plan, which is turning out to have created about as much action in the economy as a grape in the sun.
$3,111,877.44 from Infrastructure Canada on advertising from Sept. 14 to Sept. 29.
During this time they were also trying to sell a doom and gloom scenario of an election, which they didn't want at the time because they were down in the polls and would soon have to start answering for their bogus stimulus package.
And of course, we saw what happened. The non-confidence motion failed and Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals plummeted in popularity.
The irony is of course that with that plummet the Ref-Cons surged, but they had been so busy selling the public on the errors of an election, that they couldn't call one when they might have their best chance at fooling Canadians into giving them a majority.
This situation would be absolutely hilarious if it wasn't for the fact that Canadians got billed $3,111,877.44 for this little adventure.
The numbers are becoming rather alarming and it's predicted that their advertising on the (in)Action Plan could hit as high as 100 million dollars. And yet the funds didn't get to where they should have and unemployment is still on the rise.
I mean look at some of the projects. 4 million dollars for a library for a private (for profit) religious school. $500,000.00 for an indoor soccer field for another private religious school. Numerous rinks. How will these things help the economy overall?
They are only helping the Reformers unfortunately, as they are helping themselves to our money.