Opposition parties on Parliament Hill made a big deal last week out of how much the federal government intends to spend promoting its March 22 budget.
That figure, the Globe and Mail reported, is $4 million.
NDP MP Tom Mulcair (Outremont) was clearly outraged at the amount.
"They’re going to brazenly take $4-million of taxpayers’ money to try and brainwash the public about how good they are," he told the Globe. "Doing that in this highly-charged atmosphere, as we’re heading into a quite-possible election this spring is, I think, beyond the pale."
Got me to wondering how much the provincial NDP in Manitoba are going to spend touting the benefits of their April 12 budget — less than six months before a provincial election.
The answer, a cabinet spokeswoman said in an e-mail, is "approximately 230K for the information campaign — similar (to the) amount we spent last year."
Considering that Manitoba makes up slightly less than four per cent of the national population, the Selinger government aims to spend a fair bit more per capita to advertise its budget than the Harper government intends to promote its financial blueprint.