Take Stock – November 2

Stimulus money earmarked for Quebec is only trickling down to communities in the province, while other provinces are awash in federal funds, an analysis by The Canadian Press shows.

WHOLISTIX

2085 50th Ave.

Red Deer

403-346-3393

• Owners

Beth and Kelly Sawula

• Type of business

Retail sales of natural health products, including devices and supplies for natural therapies.

• Opening date

Nov. 2

New business that have opened in Central Alberta within the past three months and wish to be listed here can send their information to Harley Richards by email (hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com) or fax (403-341-6560).

Quebec

a loser in

stimulus

funding

Stimulus money earmarked for Quebec is only trickling down to communities in the province, while other provinces are awash in federal funds, an analysis by The Canadian Press shows. Haggling among three levels of government has dramatically slowed the flow of construction and jobs, prompting municipal leaders to ask for an extension of the two-year deadline set by Ottawa. “We’re wasting time,” said Bernard Genereux, the president of the Federation of Quebec Municipalities and mayor of St-Prime, QC. “It’s punishing municipalities. It’s preventing us from getting to work. We’re losing the first year of the program.” Pressure is now mounting on the federal government to relax its two-year limit on much of the stimulus spending. Grumbling from municipalities is growing louder. The Parliamentary Budget Officer validated the case for an extension last week, saying the two-year limit is causing a rush to build infrastructure, possibly forcing cities to make hasty decisions, and prompting construction prices to soar. Since Ottawa announced its multi-billion-dollar stimulus program last January, the federal government has showered every corner of the country with money, funding thousands of projects. In order to figure out how that money is being distributed countrywide, The Canadian Press developed a computer program to work with the government’s only public national picture of all the stimulus programs: the interactive map at www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/map.asp. By taking the data that supports that map, the analysis was able to count, locate and evaluate 4,833 projects that have been announced coast-to-coast. Far fewer than 10 per cent of those projects are in Quebec, Canada’s second most populous province. Of the 4,833 projects published on the government’s centrepiece map as of Oct. 25, less than 300 are in Quebec. Ontario claims more than 2,500, while Alberta and British Columbia both have more than 300 each.

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