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Trying not to get lost in the numbers in pork-barrel politics

Conservative ridings got more million-dollar projects, but it may not mean anything until the Tories release the real figures

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A Halifax Chronicle HeraldOttawa Citizen report says 57 per cent of federal stimulus projects worth more than $1 million have been awarded to Conservative ridings. Since the Tories hold just 46 per cent of the seats in the House, that suggests they have funneled 23 per cent more big projects into their strongholds than would be expected if money was being spread evenly across the country. Still, the story raises questions. The government hasn’t released detailed figures, just a list of projects in four funding ranges—less than $100,000; $100,000 to $1 million; $1 million to $5 million; and more than $5 million. A government spokesman makes two claims that deserve follow-up attention, stating that most larger projects are actually in opposition seats and that a final tally will show “all regions are getting their fair share.” But take note: regions are different than ridings.

Halifax Chronicle-Herald

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