They talk about this at a time when they are being completely untransparent and fiscally irresponsible.
The Conservatives want to spend 9 billion dollars (parliamentary budget officer says more) on new prisons in Canada, as part of their tough on Crime agenda. When asked why we needed this , Stockwell Day had no answer (great transparency), and later the government pointed to a census poll that is six years old that said people are not reporting crimes as much as they used to.
This is most likely because the the poll asked about only certain crimes, none of which would result in jail time anyway. Is this the same government that said we don’t need a mandatory census because any information that is five years old is useless? Crime in Canada has been decreasing for years, so when these prisons are empty, will the government point to them and say their tough on crime plan is working?
This government has yet to explain why the buying of new fighter jets at the cost of nine billion dollars is a sole source contract, instead of open bidding. Great transparency and fiscal responsibility there!
Then there is the cost of the G8 and G20 summits, we still don’t know the whole cost, but we do know it was well over one billion dollars. It will take an inquiry to find out the entire cost, which will be more costs, due to the fact that our government is not open, transparent, or fiscally responsible.
The scraping of the long form census and delivering of a shorter census that is not mandatory to more Canadians to get less quality information will certainly cost much more, but again they don’t tell us how much!
This government is talking out of both sides of their mouth. They talk about openness, transparency, and fiscal responsibility, but then spend, spend spend, and don’t give the Canadian people any answers as to why, or how much.
Federal NDP Candidate
Stormont, Dundas & South Glengarry