Liberals previously campaigned on promising $150 million to Terry Fox Foundation

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A column from Macleans’ Vancouver bureau chief Ken MacQueen titled “Branding the unbrandable: Why Terry Fox cannot be bought” caught my eye not just because MacQueen obviously wrote it with a political agenda in mind as he himself admitted:

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But also because of this quote from ex-Terry Fox fundraiser Bill Vigars who attacks the Conservatives for ‘politicizing’ the foundation:

“That’s basically what upset me about this whole thing,” Vigars told Maclean’s. “The political parties are no different than Pepsi and Coca-Cola. In 35 years, not one single individual, organization or corporation has ever dared go there. They just knew what Terry was like. That was Terry. Everyone over the years completely respected that.” (see here)

One big problem with that statement is the complete untruthfulness of it as the Liberals had promised $150 million in funding back in 2005, this from Liberal leader Paul Martin’s election guide:

$125 million to support creation of the Terry Fox Research Institute in Vancouver, a new centre of excellence for cancer research. The Institute would be linked to the internationallyrenowned B.C. Cancer Agency;

$25 million to establish Terry Fox Cancer Research Chairs at Canadian universities to ensure that Canada continues to attract and retain leading cancer researchers who can tap into leading-edge advances from around the world to enhance our understanding of cancer – its origins, diagnosis, treatment and eventually a cure. Linkages will be established between the Chairs and the Terry Fox Research Institute. (see here)

This was either gross negligence or gross incompetence by MacQueen and Macleans must immediately apologise, correct and retract the falsehoods and misleading statements in his column.

 

 

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9 Responses to “Liberals previously campaigned on promising $150 million to Terry Fox Foundation”

  1. Centurion Says:

    The Liberals and the media know well that NOBODY remembers that stuff of so long ago. Most seem to ‘zone-out’ on any discussion of politics especially if it they have to go back further than a month ago. The Martinesque generosity of three elections ago (almost 10 years) is impossibly distant for 92.5% of the voters. The Media Party counts a lot on that.

  2. jan webb Says:

    Hi Dean, Sorry to be OT. Just wanted you to know I received a response from the Chris Carter, in charge of the “Friends, Friends, Friends” debacle on the CBC website about Stephen Harper. I would be happy to send you the entire text if you would like to see it. It is pathetically transparent that they are not sorry—they only regret that they were not clear that this was the first of three video spoofs on all 3 leaders, but sigh forgot to mention that. I have included my response. Just thought you would like to hear it. I am guessing, but also sure there were 100’s of complaints.

    Dear Chris, >

  3. Guffman Says:

    Good research as usual Dean. As far as I’m concerned, NO political party should be promising money to charities. It should be up to individuals or private companies to pick charities to invest in and support, not the government!

  4. Liz J Says:

    How can this stuff run on without correction and apology? There’s nothing sacred in this, the dirtiest election in memory, and for no good reason other than sheer hatred of a man and his party serving us well at home and abroad, from the media, the various interest groups popping up, the unions and on and on Surely we are better as a people and this will all backfire on the scummy lot of them. They’re an embarrassment of major proportions.

  5. Centurion Says:

    “and for no good reason other than sheer hatred of a man and his party serving us well at home and abroad, from the media, the various interest groups popping up, the unions and on and on Surely we are better as a people and this will all backfire on the scummy lot of them. ” – Liz J

    I’ve been thinking that Harper and party are too good for Canada. The media has suppressed or ignored the PM’s achievements and much of the rest are behaving like rats.

    Like I’ve posted before about what Albertans deserve (Dipperdom full-up), I’m thinking Canadians do deserve national bankruptcy, high taxes, high food and fuel prices and mandatory everything.

    The rest of us can “go Galt.”


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