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Tories under fire for politicizing infrastructure program with oversized novelty cheques


When it comes to doling out federal money to local communities, size matters—cheque size, that is. According to the Toronto Star, Tory MPs and cabinet ministers have taken to turning up at infrastructure spending announcements armed with “huge blue cheques emblazoned with the maple leaf logo of the Canadian government, the signature of a benevolent MP and, in some cases, Conservative sloganeering.” Opposition critics, not surprisingly, are unimpressed. “It is utterly in keeping with the partisan style in which the infrastructure program has been conducted,” Gerard Kennedy fumed to the Star. But as far as anyone can tell, there’s no rule that prohibits the government from slapping its logo on fake cheques: Treasury Board spokesman confirms that there is “nothing in the current rules ‘that would prohibit the use of a prop cheque’ containing the Canada logo or Conservative slogans.”

Toronto Star

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  1. When governments do this, it shows us how inept, callous, and pathetic they really are. How about actually doing something about the economy instead of throwing money at it? But I guess sitting around thinking of commercials, where to put your logo, and just playing really stupid childish partisan games is far more fun. This government (all parties, but the Liberals and Conservatives in particular) are acting like the 2008 campaign never ended. Quit campaigning and do what governments are supposed to do… GOVERN.

  2. Well, this is certainly good stimulus for the oversized-cheque printing industry! The Tories are giving The Price is Right a run for its money.

  3. Dear God, everyone missed the real point here. Communities could care less what kind of showboating goes on(let's face it, all parties love to toot their own horn, only a numbskull would take this with more than a grain of salt). The problem is, these cheques are not only supersized, they're made of rubber. After all the ballywho the feds dissappear with their props and the provinces and cities stand there like country rubes waiting for the actual money to show up. The money is 80% "committed", and about 8% has been sent.

  4. The Tories other Mr. Harper do not know how to govern. The act like an opposition party. They had their chance to prove that they can govern for all of Canada but they just can't do it. They do not want to either.