A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

If You Can't Find a Scandal...

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When Defence Minister Peter MacKay flew to British Columbia in January, he split his time between government business and two Tory fundraising gigs. Taxpayers footed the bill.

When then-Indian affairs minister Jim Prentice flew to Nova Scotia to meet with provincial chiefs, he headlined a Conservative fundraising dinner in Prince Edward Island. Taxpayers paid for the trip.

And when Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn jetted off from a Quebec fisheries forum to attend a government meeting in Manitoba, he also guest-starred at a local Tory fundraising banquet.

The federal Conservatives – elected on promises to be squeaky clean – are using government resources to help fill their election war chest.

The Star easily found 25 examples of Tory ministers mixing fundraising and department business, each trip typically costing taxpayers several thousand dollars, though complete costs are not disclosed.

The fundraising events are usually advertised a month in advance, but ministers maintain key government business was the reason for each journey. None provided proof of this, but some said the political events were just a happy coincidence. Besides, spokespeople say, this is the way it has always been done and the Liberals did it too.

Let me get this straight: Tory MP's travelled in order to get to legitimate government business that was elsewhere in the country. Note that every single MP listed by the Star in those first three paragraphs is a government minister, with national concerns that require constant travel. The primary aim is only getting government work done. If the local Tory MP wants to hang out with a minister in front of their constituents after the work is done and raise some funds while they're at it, what's the problem? They're already there and their work is finished, so why the hell not? If there's anything you can accuse the Tories of here, it's being efficient and well-organized

Yet this is the Star's claim:


The federal Conservatives – elected on promises to be squeaky clean – are using government resources to help fill their election war chest.

It's a ridiculous claim, to say the least. One wonders if the star are trying to insinuate to the headline skimmer that this is another adscam. 

Hardly.

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