The real story behind this article by Huffington Post’s Althia Raj on Jim Flaherty’s funeral service cost is how a journalist will use someone’s death to smear the Conservative government as vindictive.
Instead of comparing Flaherty’s state funeral to that of Jack Layton’s ($368,000) Raj picks Liberal Herb Gray as her standard:
The federal government spent just over $400,000 on the state funeral of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, while it spent only $2,571 on late Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray’s service. (see here)
I don’t support anyone getting a state funeral who doesn’t meet the strict criteria but for Raj to intentionally omit the money spent on Layton tells you everything you need to know about her personal vendetta and how low she will stoop to attack.
Also: See earlier post on Raj’s nutbar conspiracy theory that I take my direction from the PMO to go after her here