15 October 2007

The whiff of paving tar




labradore lays out the road paving record of the recently re-elected Progressive Conservative administration, demonstrating that there is a correlation between paving and the political stripe of the incumbent member of the House of Assembly between 2003 and 2007. Red = less money. Blue = tons of cash.

And that isn't because the districts in the Blue column were habitually neglected after long years of being represented by les bleues in a legislature dominated by The Grits. Nope. Many of the districts in the most-favoured for paving category, even as recently as the 2007 election were represented by Liberals before 2003.

When you've done with that post take a look at Scott Feschuk's description of Stephen Harper and his double standard.

It will sound very familiar.



WJM said...

In the interests of fairness and fullness, I would gladly have done the same for the Grimes and Tobin years, too, if the data were readily available. For much of that period, the Liberal WST ministers did not release info on a district-by-district basis.

Rob Antle had a good article on the same subject in The Telegram of June 10, 2006, which included Liberal-era patterns using data gained by Access to Information requests. It's worth updating, actually.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Historically, road paving has been one of those political tools used by administrations to reward and punish voters.

Some administrations have done it more zealously than others. Interestingly enough, as much as the current administration will say that partisanship doesn't enter into decisions on spending for things like roads, how many Tory candidates claimed credit for influencing spending as a reason to vote for them?

plus ca change.