Monday, October 26, 2009

Kennedy screws Ignatieff again.

Epic fail. Gerard Kennedy screws Ignatieff again!

David Atkin is reporting that Liberal and NDP MPs are getting more than their fair share of a $2-billion federal infrastructure fund. More detail and a defense of his data and methods can be found at his great blog here. This all coming on the heels of The Canadian Press reporting that Opposition ridings have received more stimulus funding than the governing party. Specifically "the major infrastructure component of the Building Canada program has allocated $1.4 billion to large projects in opposition ridings in Ontario, and just $436 million to Conservative ridings. The CP has another report here with more details. Combined with last weeks claims by Ontario Infrastructure Minister Smitherman and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities saying the same thing, the Liberal claims are dead.

Another embarrassment to the Ignatieff led Liberal Party courtesy of infrastructure critic Gerard Kennedy who was the point man for the Liberals leading the charge on stimulus pork-barreling.

How many times has that been now for Kennedy?

He first did it to Ignatieff during the convention when he conspired with Dion to give over his delegates to him during the LPC convention destroying Rae, and putting Dion over the top in a head to head vote against Ignatieff.

He did it a month ago when he dragged Ignatieff out into the wrong field in Burlington for a photo op where Ignatieff looked like a fool by pointing to a field where no work was scheduled to be done for 7 years.

And now we have this fiasco which the Liberals are going to have to burn the midnight oil trying to figure out how to spin their way out of by the time the news cycle starts Monday.

Good luck with that my Liberal friends and if you want some free advice here are a couple of tips.

#1 Don't try to now claim that the Conservatives spending more money in opposition ridings is only an attempt to bribe opposition voters into voting conservative. It will ring hollow and even your media buddies will call you on it if you are silly enough to try it.

#2 Don't take any more advice from Gerard Kennedy or put him in charge of any more research projects.

h/t Sandy

Update: Former Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish, now a councilor in Mississauga, Ont.: She says that having first-hand knowledge of political “spin” and the “slings and arrows of the press,” she is a non-partisan now who can set the record straight. Ms. Parrish says that Mississauga is receiving a huge amount of dollars from various stimulus programs and it was city staff, not federal and provincial politicians, who decided which projects to fund. So there! “The feds and the province decided how much we’d get. Council decided where it would be spent. And we are grateful for that autonomy,” she writes.

I never thought I would write something positive about Carolyn Parrish but I guess it is true; Ignatieff unites rather than divides =)


Michael Harkov said...

BAM! The hits keep on coming for Ignatieff and the Liberals. :D

Further to your point at #1, I wonder if the Liberals that are blathering constantly about stimulus money supposedly going mostly to Tory held ridings understand that there are voters from other parties in those ridings that are also benifiting from that economic stimulus.

The argument the Liberals are making is that Tory held ridings are getting most of the stimulus funding.

Now logically speaking, if this were true, shouldn't Tory voters in those Liberal held ridings also be complaining just as shrilly because their community is getting less then Tory held ridings?

And in the same vein, how much have we heard from Liberal voters in Tory held ridings (that have supposedly received the most stimulus funding) complaining that their community got more because their riding has a Tory MP?

I realize that logic isn't exactly a strong trait for many Liberals, but even they should be able to follow THAT line.

IPOS has Ignatieff and the Liberals at less support than Dion at his lowest level. I knew the Ignatieff crash was going to be bad, but I never thought it would be this spectacular. :D

wilson said...

This whole bunch of 2006 Lib leadership losers make for a very weak team, from the top down.

The media was encouraging the Libs to follow the money, dig up dirt, this will hurt Harper! It's worse than Adscam!!

Note to OLO,
do you really really think that PMSH didn't see this coming?
Fools, all of yah.

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Ardvark said...

Did you read Don Martin last Thursday Why Ignatieff is smiling again?

Ignatieff says that he is going to let the conservatives "stew" for awhile before he pulls the election trigger.

I think Iggy messed up on the recipe again.

The_Iceman said...

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CanadianSense said...

In Narnia, Prince Caspian is doing fine.

The new plan is to put the CPC into a false sense of security before they launch their plan.

It is only a matter of time before Harper is running "scared" V 3.4.