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How to turn a good idea into a big mess

By Bloc Québécois MP Louis Plamondon      

Investing in infrastructure is a good idea. But by establishing several targeted programs, each with its own strict criteria, Ottawa has caused more harm than good.

Quebec City wants to build a tramway with funding help from the federal government, but Ottawa is dictating the terms in a way that doesn’t work for Quebec, says Bloc MP Louis Plamondon. Photograph courtesy of Andrzej Otrebski

It’s tax season. Suppose the Canada Revenue Agency owed you $2,000 but instead of giving you the money, it offered you 20 gift certificates that it chose without consulting you: $50 for chicken, $80 for books, $100 in bus tickets, and so on. Don’t need chicken? Too bad! The gift certificates are not transferable.

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