Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I Will Wait for the Translation

John McCallum, quoted in the Toronto Star, commenting on the "pre-election" spending spree the Conservative Party is on:
"It seems there is no limit to the hypocrisy of this government, because when they were in opposition they would slam us at every opportunity for spending the budget at the end of the year, the `March madness,' and now I think they've gone mad themselves," says McCallum, MP for Markham-Unionville.

McCallum says the Liberals believed it was "appropriate" to spend year-end surplus money "in important investments like the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and other things."

"The difference is we never said it was wrong to do. They say it's wrong to do and now they're doing it."

I am confused.

Does Mr. McCallum believe the spending is right or wrong, or is it right or wrong dependent upon whether who spends it says the spending is right or wrong?

In short, does he agree with the spending, or not? I can't figure that part out.


Andrew said...

The difference - which partisan Liberals are spinning like mad to cover up - is that the CPC "spending spree" is actually just announcements (and re-announcements) of money that was committed in the budget. (The single instance of new spending is $1.5b for the environment.)

When the Liberals went on their highly criticized spending sprees it was all new money they were spending, not previously committed cash.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

That's an important clarification, Andrew.

Then, I think it's safe to assume that Mr. McCallum supports the announcements since he did not oppose the budget.