His bloated junket is over. He's back in Canada.
Just in time for the re-opening of Parliament tomorrow
Just in time for the latest porky scandal.
Taxpayers spent $14.8-million last year promoting “Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” a catchphrase first created by the Conservative government to promote stimulus spending that ended nearly two years ago.
A report on ad spending obtained by The Globe and Mail shows last year’s totals came in about $5-million higher than what Treasury Board had previously listed as the approved advertising budget.
And this so soon after we discovered that the Cons had spent $2.5 million promoting a job grant program that doesn't exist.
You know this one...
And just as Great
Liberal MP David McGuinty said the ads – combined with the Prime Minister’s new weekly video called “24 seven” – shows Mr. Harper is essentially “cheating” by using tax dollars to boost his own personal brand and that of the Conservative Party.
“He is using public money to enhance his chances for re-election and he’s doing it in a very, very blatant, obvious way,” Mr. McGuinty said, arguing Ottawa could save money by limiting the ad budget to such issues as promoting flu vaccination.
And what makes it even more scandalous, all this comes at a time when him and his foul Con regime are slashing jobs and services, or burning books like maniacs.
Embassies are being sold, government libraries closed, thousands of public sector jobs eliminated and billions of dollars are going unspent in the name of one broader Harper government goal: eliminating the deficit.
The Conservative government’s unflinching efforts to balance the books and eliminate a deficit estimated at $17.9 billion will drive a federal budget many believe is likely to be delivered in mid-February — when public attention is focused on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Even though there are no sound economic reasons to do that:
“There’s no necessity to balance it by 2015,” said Ian Lee, assistant professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in Ottawa. “It’s more political than economic, that is to say the Canadian economy is not going to blow up if they don’t balance the books by 2015.”
The only reason they are doing it is so they can build up a stash of cash to bribe voters in the next election.
And in the meantime they have no money for ANYTHING. No money to help the unemployed, no money for the poor, no money for pensions, no money for veterans.
But they DO have all the money in the world to brainwash us with their porky ads.
And try to make Great Ugly Leader look PRETTY.
Oh boy. I only wish that Harper and his bloated junket had flown over this scene tonight.
So he could see where his pipeline mania is going.
And hopefully soon his corrupt government.
But at least he's back in Canada eh?
He can't hide any longer. The junket is over.
And the fun begins tomorrow....
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