Thursday, April 07, 2011

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‘It’s normal’ for Tory ridings to get more federal cash, Larry Smith says

Federal money naturally flows to ridings represented by the governing party, according to the star Conservative candidate in the western suburbs of Montreal.

Larry Smith, the former football player and CFL executive who briefly served as senator before the election call, says major funding follows Tory MPs.



  • Not all Conservative riding's. Its a waste for the Cons to throw money our way because the mindless sheep in this province can't think beyond the NEP and vote Conservative every time. Why waste bribing a brainwashed electorate?

    By Blogger Martin, at 11:55 p.m.  

  • We need another national canoe museum. That or we can move the gun registry offices.

    By Blogger ridenrain, at 12:36 a.m.  

  • Or maybe a national portrait gallery thousands of miles from the capital, or a billion dollars spent in a weekend for a conference that did little but trash a major city. oh wait.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:46 a.m.  

  • Shocking. The Liberals never did anything of the sort. Alert the media.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 6:54 a.m.  

  • With party members like Larry Smith, who needs enemies?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:07 a.m.  

  • Odd how speaking the truth is politically incorrect.

    By Anonymous Dave Roberts, at 9:23 a.m.  

  • Martin's right - why bribe safe ridings? Bribes would only occur in close ones, including those they narrowly lost.

    If you want goodies the idea is to keep your riding close. It works no matter who wins.

    Martin's wrong about Alberta being brainwashed. If any other party stopped using us as their whipping boy they might pick up a few seats. PEI - now they're brainwashed. Have the Liberals ever failed to sweep it?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:20 a.m.  

  • I regard Alberta as generally brainwashed. :)

    Same with PEI.

    Same with Toronto where I currently live. :) It would be cool to live in a more unpredictable area.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 11:22 a.m.  

  • Was Alberta brainwashed when Joe Clark easily won a seat in downtown Calgary, the heart of Reform country?

    Dude won only 12 seats, and one of them was in a spot that was reportedly impossible. Hogwash!!

    It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. What to the NDP/Liberals expect to happen when they keep bashing Albertans?

    For example, Paul Martin actually polled high enough to win almost 10 seats here, before Gomery, unite-the-right, and he started Alberta-bashing. The Liberals could easily win seats here if they just lay off the bashing.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 1:11 p.m.  

  • I would argue governing parties be it Liberals or Tories tend to focus not so much on ridings they hold vs. don't hold but rather on ridings they came close in last time around. They don't tend to send much to safe ridings and not much either to ridings they stand little chance at winning. Notice here in Ontario that it is the 905 belt, not Toronto proper or Rural Ontario getting most of the money. Thats because that is where the battleground is as most of Rural Ontario is solidly Conservative while only a couple seats along the periphery of the 416 are even competitive.

    As for PEI blindly voting Liberal, not totally true as they did elect one Conservative MP last time around Gail Shea. And prior to 1988, a PC sweep was more common than a Liberal one. I would argue it is more about ideology than anything as most Tories here are Red Tories so as the Tories moved to the right and the Liberals were less left leaning, that caused the shift. Also, the Liberals didn't win by obscenely large margins like the Tories do in Alberta. As for Alberta, I agree the Liberals could win seats if they were seen as more Western friendly, but it will take a few elections never mind most of those who hate the Liberals the most in Alberta are older Albertans who generally vote as opposed to younger Albertans who weren't even born during the NEP and thus don't hold the same grudge against the Liberals, but nonetheless have a low turnout. A think a higher turnout of young voters would make Alberta more competitive.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 1:42 p.m.  

  • The dude is completely just, and there is no skepticism.

    By Anonymous, at 2:43 a.m.  

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