LETTER: The thin line between government business and campaigning
It’s summer. The House of Commons is not sitting. MPs are expected to be in their ridings talking with constituents.
But our prime minister is busier than ever. Along with some cabinet ministers and hand-picked Liberal MPs in ridings he is visiting, spouting the Liberal plans on big promises and bringing the company credit card to spread taxpayer’s money around. Money that was earmarked for the pandemic, which he said is still on.
It’s a thin line between government business and campaigning. Our PM seems to have fallen into the second category when you see his daily itinerary.
The PM can enjoy his plans because that pesky Opposition, led by the Conservatives, aren’t there to ask him questions, which he seldom answers. He also doesn’t have to answer questions about the military (where he seems to think he was left out of the loop) or what happened at the Winnipeg lab, and, of course, issues dealing with WE, plus others.
He has kept his transport minister busy as he announced the speeding up its goal for when it wants every new light-duty vehicle in Canada to have zero emissions by 2035, rather than in 2040.
Social media had a field day with this and Global Automakers Canada said the industry agrees but (surprised!) Found the plan “lacked details”.
The minister also announced plans for a high-frequency rail line between Toronto and Quebec City operating by the end of the decade. It obviously lacked details but he narrowed the costs to be between $ 6 billion and $ 12 billion. Wow!
The PM made it to Sault Ste. Marie to drop off $ 420 million at Algoma Steel to help in the battle against global change.
He also went to Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia where tax dollars were a topic.
There are more areas where each stop cost taxpayers money, but there is another issue that is disturbing.
Even though there are 338 seats (one is vacant) in the House of Commons, it appears there were only Liberals at each event and announcement. Don’t you think since that Quebec City project will go through, many Opposition ridings that sitting members from such ridings should have been told? Since the Tories had 6,239,227 votes in the last election compared to 6,018,728 for the Liberals, that means millions of Canadians were not informed. And, don’t say they didn’t know this was in the works, since such massive projects don’t hatch overnight.
A new Governor-General was announced with much fanfare and photo ops for the PM. It took five months to prepare this appointment. Surely it could have been planned so she would have been introduced to MPs while Parliament was sitting as a courtesy to her and members.
Talk about not trying to bring harmony to The House. This was a missed opportunity for the PM after the mess he made with his previous appointment. Shame on him.
Robert J. Sullivan
RR 3, Blenheim