Your tax dollars at work
I have a story in today's Star about how members of the Conservative government, in cartoonish fashion, are trying to pass off taxpayers' dollars as partisan gifts.
But wait, as they say in the infomercials -- there's more.
In Quebec, as The Globe's Daniel LeBlanc reveals, Conservative MPs' newsletters -- financed by tax dollars -- are being used to portray the Bloc Quebecois as a friend to pedophiles.
In Manitoba, CBC tells us, minister Vic Toews is using his good offices to portray Michael Ignatieff as anti-Ukrainian.
All together, it paints quite the picture, doesn't it?.
P.S. One additional note about the cheques. Gerard Kennedy, when he headed a food bank, learned that the law can be a little loose on the definition of cheques; that unlikely scraps of paper can be honoured as promissory notes. So he had a suggestion about what to do with Van Loan's recent largesse in Innisfil and his apparent, personal cheque.
"The one thing I did learn when I worked for the food bank is you can
actually cash those things. It's a legal document. I think we're going
to try to get hold of those people and tell them they actually got
double grants there. They got one from the government and one from Peter
Van Loan, who's apparently so riven with guilt over the time it took to
get to them that he wants to make it up to them."