Number of questions Prime Minister Stephen Harper permits reporters on the campaign trail. (Source)
– $38.7 million
What the Conservative government has spent on media monitoring since 2008. (Source)
– $46.5 million
How much more the federal government spent on advertising than corporate giant Bell Canada in 2009-10. Total 2009-10 federal advertising budget: $136 million. (Source)
Number of Liberal and coalition attack ads posted on the Conservative Party of Canada’s campaign website (multimedia section). (Source)
Percentage of Canadians who prefer a Liberal-NDP coalition government over a Conservative majority government: April 1, 2011 Ipsos Reid poll. (Source)
– $29 billion
Estimated cost of the Harper government’s proposed F-35 fighter jets. (Source)
Number of engines that actually come with the fighter jets. (They’re extra). (Source)
Estimated personal cost to Canadians who earn $50,000, to pay for Harper’s F-35 fighter jets, new prisons, and oil company subsidies. Calculate your personal cost at contactyourmp.ca/harpercost. (Source)
– $50 million
Total reported amount of federal funding to spruce up Parry Sound-Muskoka for the G-8 summit. Includes $14,000 for glow sticks and $100,000 for a gazebo an hour’s drive away from the G8 site. (Sources here, here and here)
Percentage of Canadians who describe Canada’s democracy as being in a state of crisis. (Source)
Number of Canadians who voted in advance polls, April 2011. A 34 per cent increase compared to the 2008 federal election. (Source)
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