One wonders about federal government priorities, or perhaps who is actually running our country.
The federal government is making drastic cuts to science, environmental regulations, programs and services, etc., which will impact our standard of living negatively, for example by “saving” $79.3 million with the cuts at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Yet massive outlays are made in other directions.
For example, about a year and a half ago we gave a loan of $1 billion to Vale, a very wealthy mining company, with no strings attached.
Shortly afterwards, Vale gave a loan of $1.5 billion to the Brazilian government towards building the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon.
Does that mean that Vale did not need our cash, or is our government covertly helping build this damaging dam?
The present federal regime prefers to operate in secret, so we will never know.