No Parliament, but a busy week for government MPs on the money trail

As I posted at the beginning of the week, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the government to get their MPs out and about in their ridings last Monday, it being the day MPs would have returned to the House of Commons after their Christmas break. Parliament was prorogued, of course, and MPs don't need to be in Ottawa now until March 3.

Still, on Monday alone, government MPs had their names on 44 spending announcements, committing to spend $48 million in federal funding.

I've just finished crunching the numbers for the last seven days (Jan. 24 through to Jan. 30) and it appears government MPs kept up that hectic pace.

For the week, the government rolled out 108 spending announcements outlining the expenditure of more than $215 million.

Now what about those charges of pork-barreling? Are the Tories directing that spending more to their own ridings than ridings held by opponents? I compile these numbers sometimes on a daily basis and the last time I did that, on Monday, it looked the Conservative ridings were doing extraordinarily well, an analysis which might support the pork-barreling charged. But for this period — the first week Parliament was to have resumed — it's not so clear-cut.

The Conservatives hold about 46 per cent of seats in the House of Commons and this week, the government directed $101 million worth of spending to Conservative ridings. That would represent 47 per cent of the $215 million the government allocated this week.

Now, mind you, that spending for Conservative ridings involves 61 different projects or about 56 per cent of of the 108 projects announced this week.

But even if it looks like the Conservatives are getting their fair share, no other party appears to be doing so well.

The Liberal party holds 25 per cent of the seats but with just 20 announcements worth $36.8 million going to Liberal ridings, that represents just 18.5 per cent of all the week's announcements and 17 per cent of the week's funding.

NDP ridings also seem a little neglected. The 11 announcements worth a combined $18.2 million to benefit NDP ridings account for 10 per cent and 8 per cent respectively of the week's totals for a party that has 12 per cent of the seats.

The BQ, though, is really getting the short end of the stick — at least for the last week. Just 7 federal projects worth a combined $4.2 million were announced this week that will directly benefit a riding represented by a separatist. That's 6.5 per cent of all projects announced and less than two per cent of all the money. The BQ has nearly 16 per cent of all the seats in the House.

A total of 9 other projects were announced this week worth a combined $54.9 million. Those projects and that spending will benefit multiple ridings and, as a result, could not be allocted to one specific riding.

PR People: Thoughts on my polite but firm anti-spam letter

So here's my dilemma: I want to encourage communications professionals to tell me what's going on but I also want to encourage them to think about who it is they are sending their stuff, too. I try hard not be rude to PR types because, even though I might be bored and impatient with today's pitch, the pitch or inside info they have for me tomorrow might one that gets me on a front page somewhere.

Recently, though, I've been getting a lot of unsolicited, inappropriate PR bumpf from American PR firms whose message is clearly targeted to a U.S. domestic audience. Here's the text of the e-mail I'm using to reply:

I’m a reporter based in Ottawa, Canada covering Canadian federal politics. If you’ve got something that you think would interest readers/viewers in Canada, please let me know.

This ain’t it, though.

I put a lot of thought into the stories I write that are read by millions of Canadians and I prefer PR professionals who approach their job as seriously as I approach mine. Here in Canada, most PR firms take the time to know what I write about it before adding me to their e-mail lists. Stuffing this in my inbox doesn’t reflect well on your firm. It is evidence of thoughtlessness.

And while it’s easy enough to hit the delete key on your messages or set up a junk mail filter, there’s a good chance that you will one day have a client or message that is important to my readers. And I want to be sure when that day happens, you’ll tell me about it.  Until then, though, ease up a bit ..

See blog/twitter/facebook, etc. for more info about my beat and assignments: (Full co-ords in sig file) Look forward to hearing from you when you know a little bit more about me and my readers.

What do you think? Am I too saucy? I'm want to be firm — no more spam — but I want to leave the door open for a future relationship. Suggestions?

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Harper and the press gallery hit the road: 3 nights, 3 1/2 questions

For the record:

Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery hit the road this week to travel, at their own expense, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he made his first appearance at the influential World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

We left on Tuesday evening (Ottawa time) and arrived in Davos mid-day on Wednesday (I’m counting that as night 1). Towards the end of that day, at the end of a photo opp with Zimbabwe prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the PMO allotted the assembled press one question in English and one in French. As is the normal practice for reporters travelling with the PM, we huddled and decided we needed one question on global financial system reform (FSR) and one question on Harper’s stated goal of getting the G8 to focus on maternal and child health health. We selected Heather Scoffield of The Canadian Press to pop the FSR question (she had been, until last year, the Globe and Mail’s ace-in-the-hole reporter for coverage of central banks and financial system reform) and we agreed CBC television’s Terry Milewski would query Harper on his perhaps admirable but rather vague ideas about focusing the G8 on maternal and child health during Canada’s year of being the G8 President.

And that was it for any questions from Canadian reporters travelling with Harper. Two questions.

The next day, Harper did a photo opp with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. We had been warned by Harper’s aides that we could not ask Harper a question at this photo opp. If you are a Harper supporter, you likely think this a perfectly reasonable prohibition. If you are a Harper opponent, you likely think we are lapdogs for caving to such a demand.

Fair enough. I don’t think we can win on this one either way.

But for what it’s worth, our readers and viewers, of course, include both Harper’s supporters and his detractors and reporters must remember that we write for all of them.

Harper’s detractors may think we should just give the metaphorical finger to such directives from the PMO but, at one photo opp while we were here, a reporter who did just that and asked a question at a photo opp, despite warnings not to, was immediately warned that, if she continued, reporters would no longer be allowed to attend such photo opps. That would not be good for our access would be curtailed even further. PMO staff also made veiled threats that that individual’s organization might suffer further sanction — all because of the impertinence of asking a question. If you are a media organization in Ottawa, these are no small consquences. If the PMO doesn’t like you, you can bet that every cabinet minister is going to give you the cold shoulder, too. I know, I know: Those who hate Harper say, tough! Ask away and bring on the consequences! Well, …  maybe: But if we did yell at him and disrupt his schedule and annoy his rather large RCMP bodyguards, what would we get for our trouble? Do you think he — or any public figure accosted this way — would say anything? Would you in the same situation if someone was yelling questions at you? I don’t care if you’re Judy Rebick, Stephen Harper, or Bobby Orr: If a TV crew starts chasing you with a reporter yelling at you, you are not going to say much. Now sometimes that’s part of the story: we’ll report that they would not answer questions and let a reader decide if that was appropriate behaviour. But remember: A good reporter remembers that they represent viewers of all political stripes. So if you’re going to hound a politician by yelling and screaming after him, you’d better be sure that an overwhelming majority of the people you represent — your viewers — would agree with that kind of behaviour. Some readers and viewers think I should yell and scream at Harper. But should I also yell and scream at Ignatieff if he isn’t forthcoming? At Layton? At Duceppe?

At the end fo the day, the best scenario here is to have a political leader — Jack Layton, step forward as a great example — who is perfectly willing to spend 20 minutes a day standing in front of reporters patiently answering whatever stupid questions we might put to him. Sometimes those questions will be softballs; sometimes they will be difficult questions. But whatever they are, the politicians cannot have prepared precise answers and must speak from the heart and with some candor when they answer.

And so back to the Clinton photo opp. As PMO had warned me not to ask Harper a question, I naturally hurled a question at Clinton as he and Harper emerged from their meeting. It would be great to hear from Clinton in any event but our thinking was that if we get Clinton to stop and talk to us, Harper’s going to have to stop too. It turns out that getting Clinton to talk to reporters is pretty easy. He enjoys it. He’s good at it. He knows that if he talks to us, he’s pushing his message and his agenda. But I’d never pitched a question to Clinton before so I figured if I yelled out a relative softball question, he’d stop and answer. So I shouted: “Mr. President, what do you make of Canada’s reaction to the Haiti earthquake?”

Easy question for him to answer and so he stopped.

But I didn’t even need to throw him an easy question because, after I did, he actually sought out the Canadian media from the few dozen reporters in the crowd scrumming him. He wanted to say something nice about Canada and Haiti. But before he said anything, Clinton turned to Harper and invited him to speak. (That’s the 1/2 question) Now the PMO may have been annoyed if I’d asked Harper something at what was, ostensibly, a photo opp, but Clinton can do pretty much what he wants.

When Clinton stopped Harper to have him answer questions, that opened the door for the rest of us. The Sun’s Peter Zimonjic asked if either he or Harper were worried that the world would forget about Haiti in 2 years. Good question. Some not bad answers from both men. After that, though, our third question of the PM over two days, his aides shut us down, had Harper do his handshake photo with Clinton, and hustled both out of our reach.

Now though, as I type this, Bill Clinton is not around and I could use him.

We’re in the PM’s plane on the tarmac at the airport in St. John’s. We’ve just landed here after flying from Davos, Switzerland. The PM, at the front of the plane, got off here but no reporters were allowed off the plane. While we were in the air, the PM announced 5 senate appointments; the Supreme Court ruled Omar Khadr’s human rights have been violated; Elections Canada is appealing a court ruling that the Conservatives won; and our GDP grew sharply last month. Sure would be nice to hear from the PM on any of those topics but he’s not talking to reporters today. He’ll give a speech tonight in St. John’s but then leave the podium — without taking any questions — for a private meeting with Premier Danny Wiliams and then he’ll take the Challenger back to Ottawa.

Now, as I said, I’m paid to represent a broad cross-section of readers. How do you feel? Is the prime minister perfectly right to ignore our attempts to ask him how he feels about these issues? Or are you upset that he doesn’t provide a little more information about how he feels about these issues? Comments below. …

Bragging about the Economic Action Plan

On Wednesday, as I was in the air  en route from Ottawa to Davos, Switzerland, to cover Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appearance at the World Economic Forum, Infrastructure Minister John Baird was trying to make some news by noting that Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the government's Economic Action Plan.

The EAP, as its known in government circles, is indeed a massive spending program, amounting to an additional $62 billion of unplanned spending over two years.

The government's political opponents claim that the Conservatives have a) used the extra spending to gain partisan political advantage by doling out the money mostly in Conservative ridings or b) have failed to get the money out the door where it can do any good at all.

For the record, here is what Baird says are the results of that first year of the EAP in action (I make no claim as to the accuracy of these numbers; this is simply what the government says it has done):

— Job Creation. Funds have been committed to more than 12,000 projects
across Canada, with over 4,000 projects under construction and thousands
more ready to begin.

— Support for Canadians who need it most. By extending Employment
Insurance, nearly 400,000 Canadians are receiving additional EI

— Training for workers. As of December, more than 90,000 Canadians were
receiving training through funds flowing to provinces and territories.

— Consumer confidence. An estimated 4.6 million Canadian families will
benefit from the Home Renovation Tax Credit, which expires on January

— Tax Relief. Since January and through to 2015, Canadians will receive
more than $20 billion of tax relief.

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The iPad's significance: The first computer built for consumers, not producers, of digital content

I write about politics now for a living but for a decade, beginning slightly before the dot-com boom that started with Netscape's IPO, I was a technology reporter. Though tech reporters for most daily newspapers could not avoid the financial/stock market aspect of the business, my favourite stories were ones that looked at new ways human beings were interacting with technology. The bet of those kinds of reports were stories about "inflection points", where it seemed clear that this development or that one had clearly changed the way everyday people were able to computer and communicate. 

The history of Apple Inc., as you may know, is filled with these inflection points: The mouse as a pointing device; the graphical user interface built into early Apple operating systems; PostScript that allowed a user to print you-name-it in any font on just about any printer. (Apple commercialized and popularized all three of those developments, they were initially all developed and researched at the Xerox PARC facility in Silicon Valley)

I think Apple hit another inflection last week with the release of its iPad, that super-thin tablet that lets a user view, annotate and share content on a 20-cm hi-def digital display.

So what's the inflection point? I think this is the computing device that is aimed purely at digital consumers. The iPad is not the machine you will use or want to use if you are a musician, a journalist, an author, an architect, or a graphic designer. Creators need, first of all, input devices beyond a 'soft' keyboard. They need a mouse, a tablet, a keyboard, MIDI inputs and so on. Creators need computer horsepower and massive amounts of storage and memory attached to their CPU. The iPad is not built for those looking for terabytes of storage and gigabytes of RAM. And that's just ine.

Publishers and creators will — and should — continue to use desktops and laptops to create digital content.

But it seems to me — and I missed Steve Jobs' speech on this as I was in Davos, Switzerland covering the visit of the Canadian prime minister to that conference – that the iPad is for the millions upon millions of consumers who write e-mails, sometimes with an attached photo, and might want to be able to share a link about something they've seen or read on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Reader. The iPad is custom-designed for that digital consumer.

The iPad is not, however, a device for producing content. Professional content creators — and count me in among that group — will continue to rely on what is now old-fashioned technology as the most efficient way to created the content that we hope millions of iPad users will download. (It just dawned on me that the keyboard — as an input device using an inked ribbon on paper or using pixels on my screen must be as old as the cathode ray tube inside TVs, that is to say, coming on 50 years. And while the CRT appears to be giving way to cheaper an better LCD, plasma, and LED displays, the good, ol' keyboard seems a little more difficult to replace. Don't you think?)

That old-fashioned technology — old-fashioned being something that had its genesis in the 1960s or earlier — includes the keyboard, mouse, RAID storage, and so on. Until we get computers that with advanced haptic technology that can also understand your voice commands with ease (a la Star Trek), I think it's going to be tough to do better than the current laptop and desktop computers.

But Apple's iPad does take things in a new direction for those who have no interest or inclination in doing little more than posting the odd 30-second QuickTime clip or sharing a dozen or so pictures from a family vacation. In fact, if Apple is successful, its new gadget may encourage people to explore and consumer all sorts of new digital content — from newspapers to books from the iBookStore to  3-D sculpture. And if the iPad can help spur new demand for digital content, that can only be good news for those of use who create digital content.


iPhone app developer Ethan Nicholas makes a parallel point in this post, “Why My Mom's Next Computer is Going to Be an iPad”. Ethan's mom, if I read him correctly, is more interested in consuming digital content than creating it.

“The iPad is perfect for her. It does exactly what she needs. It will let her watch movies and listen to music and read books on long flights. It will make using a computer fun instead of an annoying chore.

But it also won’t allow her to install umpteen news and weather gadgets that start up on boot and slow her computer to a crawl. It won’t suddenly forget how to talk to a network, or get so confused by all of the software installs and uninstalls that you finally have to break down and reinstall the system from scratch. In other words, my mother’s next computer is going to be an iPad, and I dream of the day when I can finally throw off the oppressive chains of being the one guy in the family who knows how to actually keep a computer working.

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Bill Clinton to Canada on Haiti: "You should be very proud"

At the World Economic Forum here in Davos, Switzerland, former U.S. President Bill Clinton led a session on Haiti. The audience here at the annual WEF is made up of world leaders, philanthropists, chief executives, NGOs and others.

After Clinton's appearance on the mainstage, Clinton met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for about 30 minutes. They talked mostly about Haiti.

As they left their meeting, I asked Clinton ho"w he felt about Canada's response to the disaster. Here's what he said:

"It has been unbelievable. First, the Canadian people are so generous. I’ll bet you on a per capita basis, they’re number one in the world now in helping Haiti. Probably because of the Prime Minister’s matching grant program but for whatever reason, the Canadians have all given money and all want to support it. You should be very proud of that. There is a big Haitian diaspora in Canada but this goes way beyond that. I’m very grateful."

Clinton paused for a handshake photo-op with Harper and then actually sought out the Canadian media contingent among the throng of reporters trying to get a word from Clinton. Here's my transcript:

CLINTON: Who — Where is the Canadian press?

REPORTERS: Right here! Right here! Over there!

CLINTON: (Turning to Harper) You want to say anything else about this?

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER: As you know, Haiti is a big priority for us and we’re delighted with the work President Clinton is doing. And we talked about how we can partner even more as we go forward in the future. As the President has said, it’s day-to-day, week-to-week now but we’re starting to look at the long-term and that’s the focus we’re going to have going forward.

REPORTER: Are you guys concerned that, after the immediate rush to aid, that people are going to forget about Haiti and then in the years to come — I know it’s a commitment 10 years you’re talking about Prime Minister — but is there concern people will forget about Haiti in two years time?

HARPER: Well, for us, as you know, Haiti has been our number two foreign aid priority in the world, number one in the Americas. And that’s only going to get bigger in the future for us. I hope it’s true for everyone else.

CLINTON: I think it won’t happen — the United States and Canada have the biggest Haitian diaspora, along with France. We won’t forget. And I think if we organize this properly so that both the people in Haiti and the donors, from those that give five dollars to those that give five million, see that progress is being made and see that it’s being done in a transparent, open, accountable way, I think that this earthquake and how people have seen how brave the Haitians have been and what they’ve learned about Haiti — its culture, its history, its past — have captured the imagination of the whole world. I think it’s really the question is those of us in the middle of this have to stand and deliver. We have to do this right and I think if we do it right and progress is made then that commitment will stay there.

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Buy American ends?; Obama's big speech, and unhappy doctors: Thursday's top headlines and Parliamentary daybook

The end of 'Buy American'?; Obama's big speech, and unhappy doctors: Listen to my four-minute audio roundup of what's on the front pages of the country's newspapers plus highlights from Thursday's Parliamentary daybook by clicking on the link below.

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Paying off the Taliban; transforming the G8 and a sex scandal: Wednesday's top headlines and parliamentary daybooy

Paying off the Taliban; Harper tries to transform the G8; and a sex scandal rocks a B.C. murder investigation: Listen to my four-minute audio roundup of what's on the front pages of the country's newspapers plus highlights from Tuesday's Parliamentary daybook by clicking on the link below.

You can also get these audio summaries automatically every day via podcast from iTunes or via an RSS feed by subscribing to my AudioBoo stream. Both the iTunes link and the RSS link are at my profile at Look under my picture on the left hand side of the page.


Margaret Atwood, Bombardier and Barrick CEOs among Canadians joining Harper in Davos for the World Economic Forum

Prime Minister Stephen Harper departs Ottawa tonight for Davos, Switzerland where he'll participate in the World Economic Forum.

The PMO just released a list of confirmed Canadian participants who will be among the 2,500 political leaders, business leaders, intellectuals and others at the invite-only event in the ski resort-town of Davos:

Yvan Allaire

Chair of the Board of Directors

Institute for Governance of Public and Private Organizations (IGOPP)


Howard Alper

Chair and President

Science, Technology and Innovation Council


Margaret Atwood

Author, Canada

Sonja Bata


Bata Shoe Foundation


Laurent Beaudoin

Chairman of the Board

Bombardier Inc.


Pierre Beaudoin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bombardier Inc.


John M. Beck

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Aecon Group Inc.


Scott Brison

Member of Parliament and Member of the Liberal Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, House of Commons, Canada

Geoffrey Cape

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Evergreen Foundation


Mark J. Carney

Governor of the Bank of Canada

Margaret Catley-Carlson


Global Water Partnership (GWP)


Jean Charest

Premier of Québec, Canada

Jennifer Corriero

Co-Founder and Executive Director



Wanda Costuros

Chair, Powerex Corp. and Director, BC Hydro

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority


Jacques Daoust

President and Chief Executive Officer

Investissement Québec


David Denison

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board


Bob G. Elton

Special Adviser

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority


James M. Flaherty

Minister of Finance of Canada

Thomas E. Flynn

Chief Risk Officer

BMO Financial Group


Guy C. Hachey

President and Chief Operating Officer

Bombardier Aerospace


Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada, 2010 G8 Summit and Toronto G20 Summit

Robert J. Horner

Senior Vice-President, Business Aircraft Sales

Bombardier Aerospace


Douglas H. Horswill

Senior Vice-President, Sustainability and External Affairs

Teck Resources Limited


Kenneth Irving

President and Chief Executive Officer

Fort Reliance


Johann O. Koss

President and Chief Executive Officer

Right To Play International


Monique F. Leroux

Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Desjardins Group


Donald Lindsay

President and Chief Executive Officer

Teck Resources Limited


Peter Van Loan

Minister of International Trade of Canada

Brandt C. Louie

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

H. Y. Louie Co. Limited


Ronald N. Mannix


Coril Holdings Ltd


Amish Mehta


Corel Corporation


Peter Munk


Barrick Gold Corporation


Daniel F. Muzyka


Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia


Nishin Nathwani

Global Changemaker

British Council Global Changemakers


André Navarri

President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Inc.


Marvin F. Romanow

President and Chief Executive Officer

Nexen Inc.


Michael J. Sabia

President and Chief Executive Officer

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec


Indira V. Samarasekera


University of Alberta


Kim Samuel-Johnson


Samuel Group of Companies


Pierre Shedleur

President and General Manager

Société Générale de Financement du Québec (SGF)


Eric D. Siegel

President and Chief Executive Officer

Export Development Canada (EDC)


Donald R. Sobey

Chairman Emeritus

Empire Company Limited


Don Tapscott




Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair

Nobel Women's Initiative


On the first day of proroguing, my MP gave to me …

MPs, as surely everyone must know by now, were supposed to have been back in town Monday in the House of Commons debating the weighty issues of the day. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament in December and so, MPs won't be back until March. The opposition — and hundreds of thousands of Canadians — are angry about this.

Opposition MPs are making a concerted effort this week to be in Ottawa and do things MPs normally do here which is meet, talk and try to get some headlines.

Conservative MPs, though, were unusually active Monday as well doing what government MPs do well: Hand out money.

On Monday, government MPs issued 44 press releases announcing a combined total of $48 million in federal funding.

Of those, 28 announcements were for projects that will benefit almost exclusively a riding held by a Conservative MP:

Seniors housing Kamloops BC $7,750,000
Program to prevent homelessness Kamloops BC $105,000
Affordable housing for Snuneymuxw and Penticton FN Penticton BC $1,800,000
Improving provincial grazing reserves Edmonton AB $5,925,000
Nova Scotia Agricultural College-Truro Halifax NS $2,400,000
Composites Atlantic Ltd. Lunenburg NS $2,600,000
Child development at North Peace Community Resources Society Fort St. John BC $600,000
RINC: Construction of new multipurpose facility Forestburg AB $1,000,000
Aquatic Life Research Facility Burlington ON $4,600,000
Tamworth Hotel Conversion Tamworth ON $5,000
Affordable Housing Speaker Session Prince Albert SK $1,800
Housing options policy development Revelstoke BC $5,000
Housing strategy workshop Vernon BC $5,000
Housing consultations Irricana AB $5,000
Secondary suites regulation Williams Lake BC $5,000
Workshops on housing St. Albert SK $4,400
Housing forums Squamish BC $1,500
Workshop on housing Meaford ON $5,000
To publish housing success stories Quebec QC $5,000
Housing focus groups Calgary AB $5,000
Guide to renovation West Vancouver BC $5,000
Housing survey Quesnel BC $5,000
Workshops on housing Abbotsford BC $5,000
Housing workshops West Lincoln ON $3,000
Workshops on housing Abbotsford BC $5,000
Housing survey White Rock BC $5,000
Workshop on housing West Kelowna BC $5,000
Prepare manuals on housing Cardston AB $5,000

Seven announcements worth about $12.8 million will benefit a riding held by a New Democrat.

Genome Atlantic Halifax NS $2,800,000
Origin BioMed Halifax NS $3,000,000
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal National Historic Site conservation project Montreal QC $425,000
Upgrades to Royal B.C. Museum Victoria BC $3,000,000
Developing housing plan Whitehorse YK $5,000
IWK Health Centre Halifax NS $1,800,000
Brain Repair Services at Dalhousie Halifax NS $1,800,000

Four worth $4 million will benefit a riding held by a Liberal:

East Hants Adult Learning Association Enfield NS $45,616
Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. Halifax NS $3,000,000
Digital Gateway at Robson Square Vancouver BC $950,000
Housing regulatory changes Wolfville NS $5,000

Four worth about $1 million will benefit a riding held by a Bloc Quebecois MP:

Gas tax transfer Saint Felix-d'Otis QC $249,239
Gas tax transfer L'Anse Saint-Jean QC $283,034
Housing renovations Naskapi First Nation QC $483,000
Workshops on housing Tadoussac QC $4,000

The other announcement, worth about $3.3 million is to fund a climate change adaptation strategy for the Fraser River (BC) basin and will benefit ridings held by MPs of more than one party.