One year out from a federal election, Liberals announced more than $1.1 billion in spending across the crucial battleground of Quebec during a 10-week period this summer.
From a $62-million infrastructure project to bring 14 Inuit communities online to $10 million to groom snowmobile and cross-country trails this winter, the cash was announced between June 21, after the House of Commons rose for the summer, and Labour Day, on Sept. 3.
The $1.131-billion tally encompasses only money for projects located solely in Quebec. It does not, for example, include $378 million announced in the Montreal riding of Outremont, where an upcoming byelection will be called, for research projects spread across Canada.
Of the 157 projects announced, a slight majority were situated in opposition-held districts, with Liberal constituencies receiving 44.5 per cent of the announcements (70 projects), the NDP receiving 35 per cent (55 projects), the Tories obtaining 14 per cent (22 projects), the Bloc Québécois picking up nearly six per cent (nine projects) and Maxime Bernier’s Beauce riding getting one project.