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Beyond their smoke-screen tactics of "leaking" information about the budget, Harper and Flaherty are likely to provide Big Business with some hefty corporate welfare. Brigitte Bureau at Radio-Canada has looked at some classic behind-the-scenes Flaherty maneuvering.
Le ministre fédéral des Finances, qui présentera son budget mardi, a récemment créé, pour le conseiller, un conseil consultatif sur l'économie, composé surtout de chefs d'entreprises. Les compagnies de quatre d'entre eux sont inscrites au Registre fédéral des lobbyistes, ce qui fait craindre à certains que les conseils offerts ne refltent pas les besoins de l'ensemble de la population. Des onze membres nommés par Jim Flaherty à son conseil consultatif en décembre dernier, neuf sont des dirigeants d'entreprises. Les compagnies de quatre d'entre eux sont inscrites au Registre fédéral des lobbyistes. Il s'agit de Research In Motion, le fabricant du BlackBerry, Woodbridge Company, de la famille Thomson, Corporation Financire Power, de la famille Desmarais et J.D. Irving. Selon le registre, ces entreprises font du lobbying, entre autres auprs du ministre des Finances, notamment sur la question des impts.
Basically 9 of 11 places on Flaherty's advisory committee are CEOs. Four of those corporations have registered lobbyists who have met the minister of Finance with the intent of securing tax breaks for their clients. So the orchestration of timely "leaks" from the inContinent Harpercrats may have been a strategy to divert attention away from the generous tax cuts that will be directed to the private sector.

At the other end of the country, Chrystal Ocean's radar has been tweaked, too.

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