Conservative ridings got more stimulus money in Quebec

Top two recipients considered key battleground ridings

Four of the 10 Quebec ridings that received the most stimulus money from Ottawa’s Community Adjustment Fund are currently held by Conservatives, despite the fact that the party holds only 11 of 75 of the province’s seats. The riding that got the most funding—$8 million in total—was Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, a key battleground the Conservatives won in a 2009 by-election. The second-most money went to Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, another hotly-contested Conservative riding. The third most went to Shefford, which is held by the Bloc Quebecois. Conservative Natural Resource Minister Christian Paradis’s riding, Megantic-L’Érable, ranked fourth. “Projects are evaluated based on merit,” Sophie Legendre, interim director of operations for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, said, denying there was favoritism involved. The findings, collected by Canadian Press, echo those of a 2009 study that showed Conservative ridings received, on average, more stimulus funding that those held by opposition MPs in almost every province.

Canadian Press

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