Conservatives are giving Canadians a clear look at their priorities and Canadians don’t like what they see. While Conservatives embark on a public relations blitz to rally support for the F-35 jet purchase, there are reports of soaring increases in poverty among our seniors, says Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s.
“The untendered deal for the F-35 fighter jets is the single largest military purchase in Canadian history at $16-billion – a purchase that has Canadians wondering whether they’re getting the right planes at the right price. Experts have testified that Canadians would achieve $3-billion in savings if the fighter jet purchase went through an open competition,” said Foote.
“The Defence Department has launched a public relations campaign across seven Canadian cities in support of the military purchase. The Defence publicity tour is visiting Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal. Not only are they not interested in the opinions of Canadians generally, it is clear they don’t even want to hear from businesses and academics in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Foote.
“Intentionally, the Harper Conservatives are leaving the majority of Canadians who are struggling to make ends meet out of its public relations effort, choosing instead to limit its campaign to a select audience of academics and business contacts,” said Foote. Canadians are concerned about the Conservative government’s reckless spending and are wondering how they can possibly afford these particular fighter jets whose price has doubled at a time when the Conservative government has driven the economy into a $55.6 deficit.”
“A report released this week by Campaign 2000 indicates a 25 percent jump in the number of seniors living in poverty, the largest increase among any age group. Women make up as much as 80 percent of the increase in seniors poverty,” said Foote. “The Conservative government continues to fail our seniors and shows no interest in responding to these alarming numbers. The Conservatives remain silent on pension reform and support for families.”
“The Harper government has no concern for the impact of its $55.6 billion deficit on Canadian families and clearly has no concern for the financial challenges facing Canadians on a daily basis. Seniors who have worked all their lives to provide for their families and contribute to their communities are now facing hard times through no fault of their own. People living in Canada should not have to choose between a roof over their head, food on the table or prescribed medications but that is the sad reality for many seniors,” said Foote.
“Instead of helping Canadian families, Conservatives are wasting even more money with a week-long public relations blitz to promote a $16-billion sole-sourced fighter jet deal,” said Foote. “The money would be better spent helping Canadian families.”
Judy M. Foote-(709) 832-1383