All regimes have patterns.
When the pattern changes, the change becomes a curiosity.
The current provincial Conservative administration, like the Liberal one before it, likes to make money announcements and include the local member of the legislature in the news. That is, they are included provided he or she is of the same stripe as the party in power.
When the local MHA isn’t included, especially when he is a cabinet minister, it tends to pique the curiosity.
The pattern this week:
- Money for a school.
- New long term care home opens. The minister and MHA are the same person so it is convenient: “As Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Trinity North…”
- Money for a fisheries-related innovation. Interestingly, it includes Trevor Taylor, the MHA for the district, properly excited about $32.5K.
- Money for a company that produces bingo cards and pull-tab tickets among other things. (The release isn’t clear on what new “technology” will be purchased with the government loan.)
- The ever-popular road work announcement which manages to include the Speaker, who just coincidentally is a Tory.
Not the pattern:
- $232K for a local service district but the announcement doesn’t include the local MHA, Trevor Taylor.
Might mean absolutely nothing.
Might be a sign of something.
Right now: just a curiosity.