Quebec’s oversized share of Canada Day funding to end
OTTAWA -- Quebec will no longer receive the lion's share of funding from a federal program promoting Canada Day festivities as a result of an overhaul that would eliminate-millions of dollars in administrative costs, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore said Wednesday.
In an interview with Canwest News Service, Mr. Moore said that the Harper government has shut down regional committees that were using up about half of the budget of the $6.7-million Celebrate Canada program so that there is more money available for community celebrations. He said the government would also introduce a formula that allows each province and territory to get its fair share of funding based on population.
"We're frankly cleaning up a program that was badly structured and badly created by the Liberals back when they were in government," Mr. Moore said.
I say go for it! Quebec doesn't even like the rest of Canada, so why should we pour big bucks into a province that wants to separate? If Alberta sent 15 members of the Alberta Separatist party to Ottawa, do you think the rest of Canada would send us MORE money?
BlackJack brings up a great point in the comments:
10:57 PM on January 20, 2010
Re: What happens if I touch this domino?
hahah true. Normally I would expect some over dramatic backlash against Harper, but in Quebec Canada day is actually "moving day" for many and they don't really celebrate Canada day. Quebec would be it's own nation by now except when you consider the smallish detail that out of the 14 billion dollars 6 provinces receive from transfer payments in 2009, Quebec rakes in 8.3 billion into its pockets.
Exactly, why stop at some Canada Day funds, the really big one is equalization. How Quebec would squeal if they got cut off of the trough called equalization. Bye Bye $7 a day daycare that no other province no matter how rich or poor can seem to afford.
Alberta will be labeled the bad guy by the lefties, if equalization is stopped. No one will remember that Liberal Ontario and Liberal Quebec slammed Conservative Alberta in Copenhagen.
Cut off the funds. Every province should stand on their merits. Quit sucking off the teat of the producers, and then kick them in the butt to make yourselves look better. Ontario went from a have province to a have not province under the reign of McGuinty, and that's okay with the lefties?
No more "special" status for any province, or any minority group. What ever happened to equal status for all?