WHAT THE DEVIL IS ACOA* DOING BLOWING $800K ON A 3-DAY CFL EVENT ?
Update: Worse than thought. Imagine blowing $1.5M so that 15-20,000 people can attend a CFL game in Moncton, of all places. Is cable on the fritz again ? According to ACOA mucky-muck Richard Gauthier who was kind enough to email this scribbler, "the Government of Canada, through ACOA, is investing $800,000 and the Province of New Brunswick is providing $700,000 towards marketing and venue infrastructure costs to host the first CFL regular season game in Atlantic Canada to be held in Moncton on September 26, 2010 between the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos as part of the three-day Touchdown Atlantic weekend". You've got to love the hubris. But where the heck was that irascible Pete MacKay when this thing got spitballed ?
*ACOA is the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Torys' pork dispensing unit in The Maritimes.
An obviously questionable use of stimulous money. Blowing $800,000 on an "event" vs. repairing a highway or something like that. Like setting a big bubble-making machine down in the middle of a field and having it blow bubbles for a few days, then taking it away.