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Mailbox horrors

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Dan Gardner insists on applying reality to the Conservative mailout in Quebec. Glen Pearson questions Jay Hill’s sincerity after receiving a flyer from the government house leader. Steve Blaney invokes the Olympics to explain why the Bloc must be linked to child abduction. And Vic Toews stands by his right to selectively quote Michael Ignatieff with public funds.

All of which brings to mind the words of Jim Flaherty, our much-maligned Finance Minister, addressing the House on the afternoon of November 27, 2008.

We cannot ask Canadians to tighten their belts during tougher times without looking in the mirror. Canadians have a right to look to government as an example. We have a responsibility to show restraint and respect for their money. Canadians’ tax dollars are precious. They must not be spent frivolously or without regard to where they came from. Canadians pay taxes so governments can provide essential services. They trust the people they elect to serve society with that money, not serve themselves.