In all the excitement last week around SSM and the whole freedom fries thing this one seemed to fly under the radar. I still think it's worth bringing up however. After all, what's the point in being in government if you can't direct plum projects to your own riding, right Stephen? It's just too bad about that wasted $9 million in taxpayer dollars.
And just as background, here's a little more on the Harper/Encana connection. I hope Gwyn is doing well.
National Portrait Gallery: 'It's pork barrel politics'
Documents and leaks to an Ottawa MP point to the gallery being built in Calgary, home to the Prime Minister's riding, and partly funded by EnCana
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Although an Ottawa home for the proposed National Portrait Gallery is already under way -- more than $9-million worth of work has been done on a magnificent Beaux Arts building on Wellington Street -- an Ottawa MP says the gallery will go to Calgary.
NDP MP Paul Dewar had made an access-to-information request for documents related to the portrait gallery. All but two sentences in the 42 pages he obtained were blacked out, but Dewar says they, and subsequent government leaks, indicate that gallery will be built in the city of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's home riding, partly funded by energy giant EnCana. "It's pork barrel politics," Dewar told The Globe and Mail. "And no one is denying it."
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