The Harper government prides itself on being the fiscally responsible party. So in these days of deficit budgets and bad economic numbers, they should be saving every penny, right? And they certainly try to do just that, even at the cost of shutting down a globally unique research project, the Experimental Lakes Area, to save some 2 million dollars annually.
Which makes it all the more surprising when you learn that they sent 8 million of our hard-earned tax dollars, that is, enough money to run the ELA project for four years… to Washington DC, to the International Republican Institute, a nominally nonpartisan organization that nonetheless has close ties to the US Republican Party as it operates abroad, with the stated goal of “advancing freedom and democracy worldwide”. I mean, this firmly belongs in the “you gotta be kidding me” category.
OK, I suppose it could have been worse (though not much worse)… Harper could have sent our money directly to the Republican Party’s coffers.