Friday, March 09, 2007

And a good time was had by all 

Apparently everyone at Harper's announcement today got a good chuckle about how Harper dissed our premier, Lorne Calvert:
"I know the government of Saskatchewan is not a supporter of our party federally, but I don't think partisan politics should stand in the way of making a good deal for the people of Saskatchewan,” [Harper] said to a round of partisan applause.
Mr. Calvert's government has been pushing Mr. Harper's Tories to live up to their election promise to exclude non-renewable resource revenue from the equalization funding formula.
Mr. Harper said all will be answered in the March 19 budget.
“These will be a series of policies to establish predictable, principled, long-term transfer arrangements between the federal government, the provinces, and other levels of government.
“I'm confident we will fulfill our commitment and Saskatchewan will be a big winner. Whether it will be enough for the NDP is another question,” he said to laughter.
Apparently Calvert wasn't invited to the announcement, nor even informed that it was happening.
I guess it just doesn't matter that this isn't Conservative money he's handing out, it's Canadian money -- some of which may actually have been collected from me and from a few other people in Saskatchewan who have been known to vote NDP in the past.
And note how the spin is already underway about how the NDP are just a bunch of whiners and complainers.
Why do I get the feeling that we're not going to be seeing the resource revenue Harper promised?

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