Fa­voritism through sub­si­dies: Con­ser­va­tives once again aban­don­ing our re­gion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.”

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