Pork Barreling politics

…. alive and well in Macleod.

Got an interesting feed from my Google Alert last night which made me do a double take…

Government of Canada Invests in Southern Alberta Community Newspapers

Shared the above with my coffee buddies this morning and they too thought it disturbing that our local Member of Parliament, Ted Menzies, would be handing out government money (our money) to local weekly newspapers (some of which are owned by and belong to big business and rich corporations) in his riding of Macleod.

Knowing as we do our Reform/Alliance/Conservative mentality (remember the Big Cheques) I’m sure they see nothing wrong in what they are doing. But others do! This stinks to high heaven of being nothing short of pork barreling politics, designed to instill in these newspapers the idea of more largess to come on an annual basis provided you write nice things about those who feed you… your friends in the conservative government.

Using our money to feather their nest is what conservatives do best. Just ask Tony Clement or any of the other conservative ridings in Toronto where the $1.2B+ boondoggle they call the G8/G20 extravaganza is now taking place, in the midst of one of Canada’s worst recessions with mind numbing budget deficits and record debt along with record unemployment coupled with fiscal restraints against the ‘little people’, and austerity measures/cuts that boggle the mind… with even more to come. “Let them eat cake” comes to mind, doesn’t it?

Everything the conservatives have told us over the years about who and what they are and what they stand for has been proven to be lies. They are nothing more than crass opportunists who will stoop to any level in order to obtain an advantage. As it has been said before, “Conservatives do not believe that people can work together and help each other so they do not believe in government and law. Instead they believe in a dog-eat-dog, everyone on-their-own and out-for-themselves society where the strongest survive and it doesn’t matter what happens to everyone else. So whenever conservatives gain power they abuse it and use it to get money for themselves and their friends.”

But the above is certainly not something you will read about in your local print media, now is it? Why do you suppose that is? It wouldn’t have anything to do with the following quote, now would it?


The press serves him who owns it. It does not spread “free” opinion – it generates it.

from John Prince
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3 Responses to Pork Barreling politics

  1. Anonymous says:

    John I never heard of this before, is this a new program, why the media? why not the video industry, pharmacies, groccery stores, etc etc there are many businesses that have struggled with this recession. I am sure a lot could use a hand.
    Certainly creates the perception that the media is being paid off.
    Did this happen all across the country? Total cash here was $420,605 if you multiply that by 310 its over $130 million.
    I do not want my tax dollars supporting business.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree that government should not be subsidizing the media.But once again John would have you believe this is a conservative only problem.Do a little research and you will find that the Libs are also guilty.

  3. John Prince says:

    Anon @10:59
    I never heard of this before either and totally agree with your comments as to why the media? and not other businesses or industries? Where does one draw the line? I too do not want my tax dollars supporting businesses in general, and media in particular (especially, big corporate political/agenda driven lying bastards with their ‘fake reality’ world spin). Thanks for your comment.

    Anon @1:30
    They are the ones doing it right now. We can worry about the next batch later. For now, the ones running things have become to embolden, needing of a reality check and some relaxing quality time at one of our finer ‘incarceration facilities’ that conservatives are so keen on building and filling… with Canadians… from the other side of the tracks.

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