The Canadian media has provided extensive coverage of the new "secret" perimeter deal with the United States, which for them is akin to buying Manhattan island. They get everything, we get absolutely nothing.
On the other hand, the U.S. media has given it a big yawn, suggesting that nothing will be done to beef up the borders until they can afford it. But not so with our free spending prime minister. Hell, he's even offered to pay Michigan's share of a new bridge to the USA. From the Detroit Free Press:
No mention was made about the possibility of a second Detroit River crossing, which the Canadian government has offered to pay Michigan's share of, but the agreement did call for "effective solutions to manage the flow of traffic between the United States and Canada."
Where is he getting the money for that? He has already spent us into a record deficit and accumulated a record debt. Why is he offering to give money to Michigan for a bridge to help the corporate sector destroy more jobs? And shouldn't he run it by taxpayers, who will be footing the bill for this little fantasy?
We really need to get his hands off our money, what little we can still borrow. These are things you do when you've got lots of cash lying around. And are on crack. "The Canadian government has offered to pay Michigan's share"? What the hell?
And to top it off we learn that this government has been helping to finance the NHL, in another self-promotion blitz.
The Harper government may not be putting up money for a new arena in Quebec City, but it supports the National Hockey League through multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns. The federal government has paid nearly $10 million for advertising during hockey games since the Conservatives were elected in 2006, newly-released documents revealing government advertising spending show.Someone needs to give these guys a reality check.
Spending on hockey advertising reached a peak with the government's ad blitz to promote its economic stimulus package, with the Department of Finance spending $588,000 on ads during hockey games since 2008-09.