Seriously, I'm going through outrage fatigue:
Tories accused of not playing fair with the torch
As the Olympic Torch makes its way to Vancouver for the start of next year's games, there will be more torch relay ceremonies held in Conservative ridings than in the ridings of opposition members.
CTV News has obtained a list that shows that torch relay ceremonies will be held in 91 Conservative ridings, compared to 20 Liberal ridings and 17 ridings for both the NDP and Bloc Quebecois...
In Saskatchewan, all 11 Conservative MPs have a torch event taking place in their ridings, though the one Liberal MP does not.
At this point, I fully expect to hear that H1N1 vaccinations will be available only in Conservative ridings. Seriuosly, would that shock anyone?
AFTERSNARK: The Calgary Herald has some slightly different numbers, and fairly unambiguous evidence of some selective festivities:
When federal riding maps are superimposed over torch relay community events, the flame's pit stop standings are as follows:
New Democrats: 29
Bloc Quebecois: 18
And selective? You be the judge:
Take Halifax, where MPs representing the city are either Grit or NDP. It's odd how Canada's 13th-largest city doesn't rate a downtown pit stop except in a Conservative riding on the outskirts.
Opposition MP-dominated Winnipeg is bypassed in favour of stopovers in surrounding ridings held by Conservatives.
Inner-city Toronto, the last real Liberal fortress with a smattering of New Democrats, gets one torch relay event in NDP MP Olivia Chow's riding before it scrambles toward Conservative-held Aurora. Interestingly, Lunn's list puts 27 of Ontario's 33 torch relay events in Conservative ridings.
Equally worthy of an arched eyebrow is how communities in the Beauce, with a combined population of around 50,000 and represented by former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier, rate a two-day, three-stop visitation. The Conservative riding of Kenora gets two stops and, as the local MP has proudly announced, $30,000 in hosting help from the federal government.
Bias? What bias?