The Globe and Mail headline says it all: "Taxpayers fork out billions for GM pension aid". The federal government says that Ontario tax dollars will go to the pension plan, but federal ones will not.
That distinction is “hair splitting,” said Kevin Gaudet, federal director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a conservative lobby group.
“No level of government, no taxpayer should be bailing out the pension plan, or anything of the company. It's ridiculous,” he said. “And their hairsplitting won't matter a whit to those taxpayers who have no pension plan.”
Mr. Gaudet was particularly critical of Mr. Harper, who started his political career as a Reform Party MP and served as the head of the right-wing National Citizens Coalition in Calgary before becoming Conservative Party leader.
“Mr. Harper may left his balls out West when it comes to taking a principle stand against bailing out this industry like he used believe in,” he said.