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The problem with talking…


 

… is that sometimes people hear you.

As to the government’s decision to back down on the vote subsidy and a government source’s claim that the government is not backing down because, indeed, the government never intended to make it a matter of confidence, here is the relevant portion of the Finance Minister’s scrum yesterday.

Reporter: Mr. Flaherty, you must know that the party financing cuts will hurt your opponents proportionately far more than they will your party. Are you prepared to take this, to take Canadians to a $300 million election on this issue?

Flaherty: Well, first of all, our party would have been entitled to $/10 million dollars which..

Reporter: But you know the – – you have raised more.

Flaherty: It is per vote, so we got more votes, so it hurts us the most. It is not that complicated actually. So you know, we are hurting ourselves the most, but as I said, we already have two other ways in which the tax system benefits political parties, at a cost of $40 to $50 million per year and this is a budget – I’m sorry, this is an economic statement, not a budget, it is not a budget. I was going to say it is a budget bill, it is not, but it is part of the government’s fiscal framework and so these are the bills that I will introduce on Monday as a matter of confidence.


 

The problem with talking…

  1. Careful, Aaron. You could find yourself before the courts for pointing out inconsistencies.

  2. In 24 hours we go from gutsy but principled defence of the taxpayer to gutless squish who is now likely going to lose without even the honour of losing on a correct principle.

    I would like to think I pay attention to our federal government more than the average Canadian. I think I would be far happier if I did not.

  3. MYL – that is why I try and pay attention to municipal government more. At least they have relevancy in my day to day life (except in mid-April)

  4. myl: “I would like to think I pay attention to our federal government more than the average Canadian. I think I would be far happier if I did not.”

    For once I agree with you :) It would be much better for my blood pressure to go through life in blissful ignorance.

  5. And we wonder why Harper rarely lets his ministers off their leash!

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