No, I'm not referring to the Premier Wynne quote that's making the rounds. She's right on that, though I would suggest there are far more effective ways to spend the money coming in right now.
What I'm talking about is this:
Conservative MP Mark Adler invited dozens of lobbyists to a fundraiser last year, including many who lobbied him directly in relation to his work on the finance committee, despite guidelines from the ethics commissioner that say MPS should not ask for money from those they meet in their official capacity.
Mark Adler, the same guy who begged for a money shot with Harper at the Western Wall in Jerusalem pulled in $30,000 from lobbyists at a fundraiser. That money will go to, essentially, selling himself to his constituents and tarring his opponents.
I know people who work two jobs and don't make that a year.
At a time when a growing number of Canadians have given up looking for work despite not being able to access benefits, it's a bit rich for an MP to be breaking rules by asking well-heeled organizations to put money in his pocket. That's time that would be far better spent meeting with constituents and actually earning, not selling, his right to be MP.
Of course, Adler is just one example out of many. There is a lot of money out there changing hands in ways that add no real value to communities or individuals. There is a lot of capital collecting dust, waiting for the economy to improve before any meaningful investment takes place.
Who do these folk think is going to invest in Canada if well-resourced Canadians won't?
There is no new money - not pouring in from overseas, not within public coffers, definitely not being circulated among those without. But there is plenty of money to be had.
I raise this not out of vindictiveness, but as a note of warning. Those who have money can talk all they want about people not selling themselves hard enough to deserve getting a cut, but the people who feel they are doing everything within their power to no avail feel differently.
Citizens are voting less and, as seen in Ontario's recent election, opting to decline their ballots as a sign of protest against what they feel are poor political choices. There is a growing mood of protest across the country being exacerbated by a sense of the good life and decision-influencing being predominantly controlled by a select few elites.
People aren't just frustrated - they're angry. Angry people starved of the funds they need to survive and deprived of a legitimate democratic voice aren't sheep, they're a mob waiting to happen.
If our government is start, they'll stop telling Canadians they're protesting too much before that anger explodes.
I have an unfortunate tendency to be right on this kind of thing.