Election 2011 Day 14 Tories Say it is Normal to Spend More in Conservative Ridings

Julian Wolfe
April 9th, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveils the Conservative party platform during a campaign event in Mississauga Ont., on Friday, April 8, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Conservatives say that it is “normal” for their ridings to get more funding than those that belong to the opposition. Larry Smith is running as a Conservative candidate in Montreal and said that the unequal spending allocation was to, as CTV reported, make the political process more favorable to their supporters. Smith is using the argument that having him win the riding would bring more funding to the riding.

“If you look across the country where the Conservatives have had strong representation, a lot of projects have taken place,” he said.

“But it’s normal that you’re going to focus on the areas with the people that do support you. That is part of political life.”

This conservative ploy to win the seat is distasteful and brings back sour memories of their corrupt five years in power. From fudging with documents to promoting partisanship amongst Canadians and using divisive bribing tactics, the Conservatives think that they can win the high road.

Smith told CTV reporters, “I think people are legitimately concerned that there is no representation out of Ottawa from this riding.”

The Conservatives promised him a seat in their cabinet if he wins. Smith then went on to argue that all the riding needed to do to get things accomplished was to vote for a Tory MP.

Smith made Harper’s position on what he thinks about people who don’t follow his every step.

“The reality is if you’re running a country as big as Canada, you’ll probably spend more of your time with the people that support you.”

Larry Smith – Conservative Candidate for Lac-Saint-Louis, Montreal.

After Harper’s staff banned people from attending rallies, this added event is starting to spell a new narrative: The Conservative Party isn’t in it for you, it’s in it for itself.

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