Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Did Harper Flunk Math?

Yesterday in the Commons, in response to a question from Jack Layton about the slush-fundy nature of stimulus spending, the PM said:
The fact is even this incomplete list indicates that the largest projects were in opposition ridings and almost half of the projects went into opposition ridings. That is what the list shows.
So, almost half of the projects went into opposition ridings, eh? That's great, but there is just one problem. Opposition seats make up about 54% of the ridings in Canada. In other words, they make up more than half the ridings in the country. Saying that they got "almost half of the projects"(which is only true btw if you consider 34% of the projects is "almost half" of the projects in the RinC fund) is a clear admission by the PM, that opposition ridings got less than their fair share of the projects. In a just world, such an admission would be accompanied by a resignation. Somehow, I doubt this will happen in Harper's Canada.
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  1. Well, if a lot of the stimulus funds went into, say, highway spending, it would make sense -- there'd be more money spent outside the cities, and the Tories are the only party really in business outside the cities (save for Northern Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland).

    If, on the other hand, stimulus funds were targeted more towards urban type stuff -- then the opposition probably should be going to war over this. (Revive the coalition!)

    What's the truth? Beats me. (Don't like any of the spending anyway, so I don't care to look it up. :p) But that's probably the point that needs clarifying. (Or if already clarified, beating Canadians about the head with.)

  2. Somehow I doubt that too... Although a resignation would be very very nice...haha.

    Take care, Julie