Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tories Offer...

...peek at budget.

It's usually a good idea to read the whole thing because sometimes they sneak something on another topic in where you'd least expect it. But on the topic of the budget, here's the moneyshot passage:
"Six federal cabinet ministers gave keynote speeches at a two-day Manning Centre conference, providing a broad-brush look at the March 29 budget that will include billions in budget cuts but also set forth a longer-term government strategy.

Part of the plan is to change the attitude of government entirely, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said.

"The real job that we have to accomplish is change the culture of official Ottawa from one of being spending enablers to one of being cost containers," Clement said in an early-morning speech Saturday."
And what is the hidden part about? Why the robocalls scandal, that's what:
"Polling done for the Manning Centre suggests confidence in politics and politicians is at historic lows.

"This disrespect, virtually contempt, is not so much rooted in antipathy to the policies of politicians as it is in a perceived lack of ethics -- unfair in many respects but nevertheless real -- that most politicians are unprincipled, dishonest, self-serving and untruthful," he said.

"In the public mind, this judgment is reinforced every time unethical conduct by someone in the political world makes the headlines, as in the case of the sponsorship scandal and now the more recent robocalling affair, to cite only two examples."

But one Conservative pollster suggested the robocalls scandal was being overblown.

Richard Ciano, a partner with Campaign Research, which was responsible for making calls into Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's riding last year that wrongly told voters Cotler was stepping down, said the Liberals and the NDP were inflating the issue, calling it a "systematic undermining of confidence in Canada's electoral process and fear-mongering.""

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