Canada 150: Bloc Québécois leader derides $500m 'distraction'

Canada 150: Bloc Québécois leader derides $500m 'distraction'
Canada 150: Bloc Québécois leader derides $500m 'distraction'

Published on: July 1, 2017 | Last Updated: July 1, 2017 9:38 AM EDT

Martine Ouellet speaks at a news conference in March 2017 in Quebec City.

Martine Ouellet speaks at a news conference in March 2017 in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press

While much of Canada was gearing up to celebrate Canada Day and the nation’s 150th birthday, Bloc Québécois leader Martine Ouellet issued a statement Saturday morning lambasting the whole undertaking as an expensive distraction.

The MNA for Vachon noted that ’s Liberal government had doubled the outlay originally planned by the Harper government for the anniversary of confederation. 

“What do we get out of paying this completely disproportionate bill for celebrating Canada and its constitutional straightjacket?” she asked.

“The Canadian government’s lack of consideration is evident, whether it be towards indigenous peoples or the Québécois people,” the Bloc’s statement added.

Ottawa has allocated about $500 million for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. That outlay is going towards events nationwide, security and merchandising costs, and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

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