If you had a billion dollars, what would you do with it?

Julian Wolfe
June 8th, 2010

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has proved yet again that their mandate isn’t to govern the country, it is to create positive media footage to mask their incompetence. In 2008, the signs of the on-coming economic disaster was looming but Harper’s “leadership” failed to recognize it. Instead, he called a snap election in a failed attempt to win a majority government.

The recession has forced his government to work on the economy and The Economic Action Plan came out which seemed to be more about the commercials than the work that was being done – if there was work being done.

The theme of the upcoming G8 meetings is to create viable ways to cut spending and restart the economic motor but with a 53 billion dollar deficit, the Harper Conservatives have decided that there is room in the budget for 1.2 billion dollars to treat their international buddies to a luxury environment that is completely artificial and secured. While Canada is hosting the world, in the circumstances and parameters that are set in place, Canada doesn’t need to spend all of that money. A 57 thousand dollar fake lake, now down from 1.9 million dollars as the government tries to save its face, has nothing to do with spending cuts among the board. the luxurious media distraction will serve to be yet another of the government’s ploys to hide their actual dealings and build their propaganda machine.

Toilet replacements is a part of this deal and these toilets are in the riding of industry minister Tony Clement which is enough of a distance away from where the G8 meetings will be held.

Across the country, Canadians are outraged by the fact that they felt the economic punch and their so called relief package is cuts by a government who will first spend a billion on themselves even as they are responsible for the economic chaos. Where do Stephen Harper and his buddies get off going on a spending spree for temporary events which the average Canadian would never see?

This is the perfect opportunity for Canada’s opposition parties to defeat the government. Seeing as how this government has shown in broad daylight their reckless spending habits and truly distasteful attitude toward the Canadian people, now is the time. Although it seems that the opposition is ready to let this slip under the rug – just as they have with everything else. What voice does Canada have in parliament?

What would you do with a billion dollars? One will probably never live to see that salary, but within a summit of just a few days, Stephen Harper will enjoy all of it as he ironically discusses spending cuts which will likely hurt the population in the end.

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