Christmas in July or just the end of Principled Conservatism?

It was actually painful to watch Minister of Employment, the Honourable Pierre Poilievre yesterday standing in front of a Government of Canada back screen and behind a Government of Canada podium, but wearing a Conservative branded golf shirt, as he announced the largest one time payout in Canadian history. In case you missed it [and that barely seems possible, given how much time and energy the Government has dedicated towards promoting it], the Government increased the Universal Child Care Benefit for children under six from $100 to $160 and created a new $60 stipend for children between the ages of six and seventeen. To add to the hype around the announcement, the program commenced January 1, but the government claims it was incapable of processing cheques, so lump-sum, backdated cheques are arriving in parents’ mailboxes this week. I generally do not dismiss the bureaucracy’s general incompetence, but the fact that…