‘No, come on’

Federal budget, page 10, presented January 27. “Canada is in recession today. Measures to support the economy must begin within the next 120 days to be most effective.”

Tony Clement, asked yesterday by Tom Clark to explain how much money has been spent, 139 days later. “No, come on. The fact of the matter is this is a stimulus package for two years. So once you announce a particular project, I announced money for the University of Ottawa, for instance. Now they’ve hired the construction firm that’s going to deliver the new building and they’ve hired the construction workers and the money is in train for being spent. But nobody expects that all extra $12 billion of infrastructure is going to be spent between March and June. That’s impossible.”

If this is the project to which he refers, construction is slated to begin next month.

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