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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

price this.

I discovered THIS Magazine over the summer and this recent piece by Graeme McElheran is making it one of my regular reads:

It seems the Conservatives have been in power too long - in Alberta, at least. They've lost touch with their grassroots. The Reform movement that Harper and many of his cohorts were parts of - that gave rise to the current government - had a tightfisted ethos. One of its mainstays was for government to cut spending, and strict accountability for spending that could not be cut.

I wonder what Preston Manning would say about political advertisements for incumbent Conservative MPs being paid for not from Conservative party coffers, but with taxpayer funds.

The "non-partisan" Canadian Taxpayers Federation - traditionally a Liberal-bashing, Conservative-extolling lobby group with links to Manning, Reform and the Conservatives - clearly disapproves of taxpayers bearing the cost of campaign advertising. The CTF filed a formal complaint with Elections Canada over perceived Liberal indiscretions of this vein in Beaches-East York, saying a Liberal MP's pamphlet "amounts to election advertising and its cost should not be borne by the taxpayers of Canada."

In Alberta the CTF made similar comments - but alas, filed no grievance - when Conservative campaign propaganda circulated during the weeks just prior to and now following the election call.

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