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On re-announcements


 

Today, John Baird dragged the media out to Ottawa’s train station to boast about the $500k they had spent fixing up the bathrooms there. The money was originally announced in 2007. His colleague Peter Mackay is flying around bragging about military spending that has been announced once, twice, maybe even three times before.

The re-annnounce is an old game; it’s the political equivalent of Keynes’ multiplier effect, where one ounce of bullshit miraculously turns into a truckload.  But with billions of money still unspent from the 2007 budget, with actual problems facing the country, is this really the best use of senior ministers’ time? And if so, doesn’t that raise rather profound questions about what we need any of these guys for?


 
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On re-announcements

  1. “And if so, doesn’t that raise rather profound questions about what we need any of these guys for?”

    Yes, it does. What exactly do all these pols do all day other than scheme how to spend even more money on dubious projects, thinking about how to shaft their opponents or their colleagues and countless hours navel gazing during committee work.

    I think Commons should be in session for about 6 weeks, 2 months per year and the rest of the time MPs should have proper jobs. MPs are there mainly to give people impression that someone is in control even tho they have little affect on any of our day to day lives.

    • Spoken like someone who doesn’t have a clue what an MP does.

      Then again, you are the resident Conservative cheerleader, so it’s pretty much a given that you won’t have a clue about anything you’re talking about.

  2. “. . . one ounce of bullshit miraculously turns into a truckload.”

    Would make a great headline. Too bad we’ll never see it at our local newsstands.

  3. TGV! TGV! TGV!

    • Tory Grandstanding… v…. v…. I can’t think up a V word.

    • Que le train venant en sens inverse dans le tunnel?

      • Boom!

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