The Quebec provincial election is in full stride. This morning, Liberal Leader Jean Charest raised the stakes in the bidding war for suburban Montreal voters, promising nearly $200 million for rail service in the greater Montreal area.
The promise, to take effect over the next year, is in contrast with big-spending PQ Leader Pauline Marois’s pledge that would add new rail lines, tramways and a subway extension over 10 years at a cost of $3.5 billion.
Big stuff. Big spenders. They can’t afford it, of course, but when did that ever stop a Quebec politician? When it comes to spending other people’s money, these people have no shame whatsoever.
If they really have this sort of money available, why do they need $8 billion in federal equalization payments?