For those who still don't fully understand the game, the "Mother Canada" controversy should provide some enlightenment.
The discovery that Parks Canada has furnished $100,000 to the project -- after swearing that the statue in Cape Breton Highlands Park was a purely private project -- blows the lid off the scheme.
The political engineering on this comes from the Prime Minister's Office. This is Stephen Harper building yet another monument to himself.
It's not just the money. The fact that the rules governing national parks have been casually trashed to accommodate the project has the PMO's fingerprints all over it.