Monday, August 17, 2009

Raitt Punished?

Here comes Bill Clinton's speaking fee, as well as a couple more million from the Marquee Tourism Events Program to:

...allow the CNE to bring world-class soccer teams from Portugal and Scotland to Toronto during the event; add marquee names to existing entertainment programming; present an international speaker series; increase its marketing efforts in Canada and the United States; and initiate a two-year project to introduce on-the-ground transportation for visitors, which will be completed in time for the 2010 CNE.

A interesting note: the CTV, Globe, and Macleans' stories from last week all mention that Canada's natural resources minister Lisa Raitt would be confirming the funding, but in the end it was Tony Clement that got to hand out the over sized cheque (or whatever):

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced the Government of Canada investment of $3.75 million over two years to support the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) as part of the Marquee Tourism Events Program.

Is Harper continuing to use Marquee Tourism Events Program funding announcements to punish/reward members of Team Tory? After all, Lisa Raitt and her Sexxxy Isotope show have been in the news again recently, and not in a good way.


Ad Rem said...

Stick to wafers, puffins, unsexy comments.

The real issues are above your pay grade.

Anonymous said...

Spoken like a professional propagandist, "Ad Rem"! What are you, like on salary- or contractual? Heh. Crummy artwork (I mean corporate logo) too.

Raphael Alexander said...

Every time a Conservative minister doesn't arrive somewhere or say something, they're being "punished".

bigcitylib said...
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bigcitylib said...

C'mon, RA, your boy Harper punishes people by not letting them hand out tourism pork. He did exactly the same thing with Ablonczy. Now it looks like he's doing it again.

Raphael Alexander said...

For the record, Harper isn't my boy. I wouldn't vote for a Liberal.

bigcitylib said...

RA wrote:

"For the record, Harper isn't my boy."

So you're saying its 100% Platonic.

Raphael Alexander said...

I think it's more Plutonic, as in the Conservatives are about as hot for me as the dwarf planet that lies 33 AU from the sun.