When the Harper government was first elected, they enjoyed massive surpluses. And what did they do? They cut.

  • Arts and culture programs » » » » » » »
    • AV Trust: Canadian Music / Feature Film Preservation and Access
    • Book Publishing Industry Development Program: Supply Chain Initiative
    • Canada Magazine Fund: Support for Industry Development
    • Canada New Media Fund »
    • Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program: stabilization project, capacity building and endangered arts organizations components
    • Canadian Cultural Observatory (culturescope.ca)
    • Canadian Culture Online: research and development component
    • Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund
    • Canadian Memory Fund »
    • Canadian Music Fund (Canadian Music Memories Component)
    • Culture.ca web portal
    • National Training Program for the Film and Video Sector
    • Northern Distribution Program
    • PromArt »
    • Trade Routes »
  • Business Retention and Expansion Program
  • Canadian Volunteerism Initiative »
  • Community Access Program (internet access for communities) »
  • Community Capacity Building Program
  • Court Challenges Program » »
  • Early learning and child care agreements
  • ecoAUTO Rebate Program »
  • Exhibition Transportation Service »
  • First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Strategy »
  • High-Frequency Surface Wave Radar Project »
  • Homelessness Partnering Strategy [to terminate] »
  • Home repair and renovation program [to terminate]
  • Law Commission of Canada »
  • Literacy programs [some funding restored after protests]
  • Medical Marijuana Research Program »
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative »
  • Museum Assistance Program » »
  • One Tonne Challenge environmental program »
  • RCMP Drug Impaired Driving Program’s training budget »
  • Status of Women Canada » »
  • Summer Career Placements [some funding restored after protests]
  • Youth International Internship Program

Find further details in these news stories:

  • How Tory government found $1 billion in savings (CBC, Sep 26, 2006)
  • Ottawa’s $2-billion hit list (Globe and Mail, Sep 26, 2006)
  • Tories cut $1B despite surplus (Toronto Star, Sep 26, 2006)
  • Government cuts to 66 programs announced in September 2006 (CBC, Sep 27, 2006)
  • Opposition blasts Tories over spending cuts (Globe and Mail, Sep 27, 2006)

Considering the cuts they made in 2006 when the surplus was $13.8 billion, imagine the cuts they would make next with a projected 2008 surplus of much less.* * *

In the meantime, while the election campaign is on, the tap is flowing with rich promises of money to come. » » »

Whatever it takes to get a ticket to power.

But do not forget how easily they broke their promises to Newfoundland and Labrador, and many others.