Trudeau proposes to spend $150 million a year on “bursaries” for 75,000 low-income families to spend four days annually in a provincial or national park.
Leaving aside the fact that we are short-changing veterans and widening rather than closing — as promised — the deficit, what low-income family has camping as their first or second priority?
I have been low-income, nearly no-income, and I can assure you that at no point did my wife and I say, “Gosh, despite the fact that the cupboard is bare and the rent is due, don’t you wish the government would send us and the kids to Camp Jollywater for the long weekend?”
Actually, one time when we had no money I did propose just goofing off and not worrying about it for four nights, but my wife told me to go jump in a lake, so maybe Justin and Sophie are on the same wavelength.
If we have $2,000 per low-income family to hand out, and we asked those citizens to list their priorities in a single line and single spaced, 12-point-type Word document, would camping be on the third or fourth page?
Again, when I proposed a free canoe for every Canadian if I were to become the leader of this fine nation, I was mocking that sort of thing.
But then Trudeau stole my canoe.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
That is $2,000 per family per year — an insane amount for the stated purpose.
According to ontarioparks.com, “The cost to participate is per group. A group is up to 6 people, including children. 2 nights/ 3 days $149.00 + HST.”
Trudeau proposes four days, but let’s make it four nights, so that’s — with tax — $336.74, leaving $1,663.26 for marshmallows.