Harper's Spending On Polls Hits Record $31 Million
OTTAWA - Under Stephen Harper's Conservatives, the federal government spent more money on polling and focus groups last year than in any other since Ottawa began tracking the total costs of public opinion surveys. More than $31-million was spent sampling opinions in 2006-07, the first full fiscal year under a Tory government, according to a Public Works and Government Services Canada report. The Tories out-spent all the previous Liberal governments on public opinion research.
Last year's total marked a 17% bump in spending from 2005-06, a year when fewer polling contracts were conducted due to the January, 2006, federal election. But the Tories' public opinion spending still topped the 2004-05 figure, when the Paul Martin Liberal government issued survey contracts worth $29.1-million.
Glen McGregor, CanWest News Service
Buckdog is going to do a series of posts that busts the myth that Canadian Right Wing federal and provincial governments are fiscally 'conservative' - proof that there is NO such thing as a fiscal Conservative. These dudes go on massive spending sprees the minute they get signing authority over the public purse!