"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reality check challenge

Yeah, again about Himself's remarkable claim during Tuesday's Question Period:
PREMIER WILLIAMS: The hon. the Leader of the Opposition knows very well that we support districts. We support your district. There is a school in L’Anse au Loup. There is a school in Port Hope Simpson. More road money has gone into your district than the entire Province collectively put together, so we do not punish districts.
According to the Danny Williams-Government's own budget documents, We have spent (including this year's budgetted amounts) $865.5-million on road construction and maintenance since Fiscal Year 2004 inclusive, broken down as follows ($million)

        Maintenance   Construction
2004 12.4 33.1
2005 12.6 52.8
2006 14.8 101.8
2007 17.2 90.9
2008 17.6 138.9
2009 20.0 147.6
2010 19.4 186.5
Total $114.0 $751.5
Source: Revised Estimates, passim.

Now, in order for the Premier's statement to be true – and, of course, he always speaks the truth – this would have to mean that since 2004, His government has spent 50% of the total amount, plus at least one penny, in the provincial electoral district of Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair.
This is where you come in, gentle readers, especially in southern Labrador. This corner would like your reader-contributed photos of the staggering $432,740,000.01 or more worth of provincial highways work that has been carried out in the region since April 1, 2004.