January 3, 2007

Poor Little Neglected Quebec

There seems to be a little shock on the part of some bloggers that Stephen Harper is paying special attention to Quebec in the upcoming election. The West is being “neglected” once again.

Gimme a break!

Nobody is receiving special treatment. Quebec is not one province, just like the others. However, it deserves to be treated like one province, just like the others.

The nation question resolved that nuance. It was supported by all parties and of the 16 dissenters, the vast majority of them came from Ontario, not the West.

The fiscal imbalance affects all provinces. It is about how money is distributed between the levels of government. It has nothing to do with satisfying Quebec, although Quebecers are much more attuned to the issue at it has been in the headlines for a number of years.

As for the poll that has the Tories in Quebec at 14%, the outlook for Liberals is good…

However, adjust the numbers to reflect the Tory’s Quebec numbers in the last election and you have Conservatives 37, Liberals 29. Now I know why Harper is paying so much attention to the province…nobody ever called him stupid….neglect Quebec at your own risk!

6 Commentaires:

Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Well special treatment, waving environment standards for new dams when oil sands projects and the northern pipeline is held up for years...

Subsidies to the aerospace sector, while the ontario auto sector starves.

The west is fine being left alone, but the average westerner cannot comprehend how a province that wants to be left alone yearns for such singular attention from the federal government.

1/03/2007 9:47 p.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

good points kyle...Antonio is really going to have to step it up to argue against those points

1/04/2007 3:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I'm not bemoaning the special treatment gets - I'm merely saying that Westerners are being stupid.

1/04/2007 12:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Correction: "....the special treatment Quebec gets...."

1/04/2007 12:24 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

The Ontario Auto sector received billiond of dollars under the Martin government.

Last time Quebec built a dam was 30 years ago...

1/04/2007 1:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Quebec is building a new dam. The auto money came exclusively from the Ontario government - they asked for money from the federal government but none was promised, none was delivered.

1/04/2007 8:22 p.m.  

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