Quebec wants Sponsorship Program
Date: Saturday, November 12 2005
Sponsorship program still needed: Quebec riding
A few Liberal party members in Quebec say they want to revive the sponsorship program to promote Canadian unity despite its history of waste and abuse.
According to the newspaper Le Devoir, the federal Liberal riding association in Jonquiere-Alma plans to table a proposal to bring back the program, which was scrapped by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2004 after revelations of widespread abuse.
"I think that Canada's visibility in Quebec is insufficient given that ... there is continually a smear campaign in regards to sponsorship and governance," riding association president Gilles Savard told the newspaper.
Savard says some sort of unity campaign is needed to combat the "propaganda" being spread by the 54 Bloc Quebecois MPs in Parliament.