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Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:58 am Post subject: Liberals spend $43 billion in summer spending blitz
( an interesting article from Huffington post , the liberals spent $43 billion during the summer , whats also interesting is much of it seems to have been spent in Quebec and New Brunswick in an effort to boost provincial liberal candidates in advance of provincial elections .
there is also not a single liberal riding on the east coast that didn't get something . according to the map barely any cpc or ndp ridings out west got any money , other than a couple in Manitoba , a few in BC and 1 each in sask and alberta , but all the spending is clearly directed at eastern Canada and liberal held seats , also oddly the ndp held riding of abitbii temiscaming in quebec got bombarded with spending for some reason )
Trudeau Government Drops $43 Billion In Summer Spending Blitz Aimed Mostly At Liberal Ridings
We track where some of the cash went.
By Zi-Ann Lum
09/18/2018 18:37 EDT | Updated 8 hours ago
OTTAWA — The federal government spent the summer making $43 billion worth of funding announcements — aimed primarily at Liberal ridings in Eastern Canada.
The size of funding announcements ranged from relatively minor — $4,000 for renovations to a Quebec town's recreation centre, for example — to major, such as the unveiling of Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy, $22 billion in spending already committed to federal programs since 2015 with no new money attached.
HuffPost Canada tabulated funding announcements made by federal departments and regional development agencies from June 20 — after the House of Commons rose for the summer — until Labour Day, on Sept. 3.
Not all the money flowed into infrastructure projects or social programs. Some went to companies to innovate their food-related ventures or to support community events, such as $40,000 that went to a festival in Skinners Pond, P.E.I. celebrating Stompin' Tom Connors; and $50,000 in financial assistance for a Quebec meat processor to infuse a new line of sausages with a native microflora for a "distinctive" taste.
Municipalities were also among the list of recipients for federal funds. The Halifax Regional Municipality received $950,000 for projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion — which was marked last year.
The summer spending blitz came just before Quebec and New Brunswick — both headed by incumbent Liberal governments — officially kicked off provincial elections in late August.
Before the writs dropped, federal ministers and MPs frequently joined their provincial counterparts to make pre-election spending announcements.
On July 10, for example, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Quebec's Consumer Protection and Housing Minister Lise Thériault announced $86,000 in federal-provincial funding for the renovation of an outdoor rink in Saint-Michel-des-Saints.
On July 12, Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan made a $22.7-million joint announcement with Stéphane Billette, Quebec's minister for small and medium enterprises and regional development, to build a Mini Babybel cheese plant in Sorel-Tracy, solid Parti Québécois and Bloc Québécois territory.
The map above shows riding-specific announcements made during the summer. It does not include spending announcements with nationwide implications such as the $22-billion anti-poverty announcement or the $9-million promise made by Canadian Heritage to invest in projects to "support the needs of Black Canadian Youth."
Beth Hatt is the chair of a Saint John, N.B.-based organization that received a $475,000 federal grant from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in June to develop one of the region's earliest French settlements into a tourist hotspot.
Looking at it today, it's an open grassy area along the waterfront.
"This is a really significant historic site," Hatt told HuffPost Canada. "It's a national historic site with no site."
Hatt's group, Fort La Tour Development Authority, successfully pitched building replicas evoking the former fur-trading post. Modern elements were drafted into the design to include walking paths and an amphitheatre large enough to host events, "plays or little concerts."
The original funding request for Place Fort La Tour, submitted a year ago, was for up to $900,000, Hatt said.The rest of the cash will have to be raised from private and corporate donors.
Though the government announcement was made, there's still a ways to go before the organization actually receives Ottawa's promised funds.
"We have to wait until we have paid the suppliers or the design work, and we send them the invoices and they give us the percentage they said they would give us," she said. "The government just doesn't it give it out to us — that would be nice."
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Liberals spend $43 billion in summer spending blitz