Favoritism through subsidies: Conservatives once again abandoning our region
Quebecers once again have proof that Conservatives are using government resources to put their friends’ interests ahead of those of the general public. According to the latest revelations of La Presse, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (CED) has handed a significant share of the subsidies from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to Conservative ridings.
“This shows a complete lack of judgment on the part of the Conservative government and is utterly unfair. The federal government is the government for all Canadians, not only for those who voted it in,” said the Official Opposition critic for the Agency, François Lapointe (Montmagny—L’Islet— Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup).
“Minister Lebel, who heads the Agency, is known in Ottawa for playing petty politics. Instead of managing his department in Quebecer’s best interests, he’s managing it with his own interests in mind. It’s just another example of how the Conservatives have abandoned our region,” added Jean Rousseau, NDP MP for Compton-Stanstead.
When New Democrat MPs from Quebec contacted the CED to receive information on its programs to better advise organizations in their ridings they were simply stonewalled. The civil servants referred them to the office of the minister, who seems to be holding a tight grip on the subsidies. In fact, Denis Lebel’s riding received the greatest number of subsidies in Quebec. “Did people elect Maurice Duplessis in disguise?” asked Rousseau “Because it’s seriously starting to look like that. The Conservatives are governing by favouring their ridings and ignoring the others -almost as a way to punish them for not having apparently voted the right way. It’s shameful.”