Two master’s-degree students at the University of Guelph have found that Conservatives fail to walk the talk when they’re in power and holding the purse strings on farm subsidies.
Instead of leaning right and cutting subsidies, they found that spending on farm subsidies has been more generous under Conservative governments.
The study is published in an online magazine for the department of business and economics. The students are Tor Tolhurst and Shuang Li.
Their explanation is that the Tories are more closely aligned with rural Canada and “Liberal parties were aligning themselves with urban and labour interests”
They concluded that “it might surprise some Canadians to know how much of their taxes go to support those in the agriculture industry; it might surprise them even more that the data supports the reality that Conservative governments are often the leviathan for the industry.”
It just goes to prove the old adage: watch what they do, not what they say!