Harper makes $7.7 million funding announcement in P.E.I.

Wayne Thibodeau
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The prime minister makes his announcement in Gail Shea's riding, however all of the money being announced is going to Charlottetown firms.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement in Summerside, Prince Edward Island on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. He promises more than $7.7 million for three Charlottetown firms.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper went into the only riding held by a Conservative in Prince Edward Island on Tuesday to announce more than $7.7 million in funding for three companies – all based in the Liberal riding of Charlottetown.

Harper made the announcement in Summerside, flanked by Conservative MP Gail Shea.

However, none of the money was earmarked for Summerside or Egmont.

Three companies received funding under the Atlantic Innovation Fund, which is supposed to promote jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

“Our government is committed to helping innovators in Atlantic Canada succeed,” the prime minister said.

“The support being announced today will help innovative companies in Prince Edward Island bring their cutting-edge products, processes, technologies and services to market, generating jobs and economic growth.”

The funding will help BioVectra Inc. of Charlottetown. develop two generic drugs employing sustained-release delivery technology.

BioVectra will receive funding of $2,958,000.

Delivra Inc. of Charlottetown will use the money to develop more effective topical creams to relieve joint pain and improve circulation.

Delivra will receive $2,860,000.

Funding will also help Island Abbey Foods research and develop ways to use innovative dehydrated honey to deliver a broad range of therapeutic products.  

Island Abbey Foods will get $1,920,000


... More on this story later, full details in the print and e-editions of The Guardian tomorrow.


Organizations: Atlantic Innovation Fund, Island Abbey Foods, BioVectra Delivra Inc. of Charlottetown

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Summerside Atlantic Canada

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  • Maritimer
    May 14, 2013 - 20:09

    Too bad Alberta doesnt realize P.E.I. and the atlantic provinces are part of Canada. They forget who helped them out when they had no hay for their animals and we sent truck loads out. But I guess that isn't very important to them now. Time we stood together as a country.

  • helen campbell
    May 14, 2013 - 18:49

    YES Bye.Got nothing better to do with Our Hard Earned Taxpayers Money.Something is Seriously Wrong Here!!!!!

  • OH MY
    May 14, 2013 - 18:12


  • flaunting Gail Shea?
    May 14, 2013 - 17:32

    Is theGail Shea standing beside Herr Harper the same Gail who betrayed the seasonal workers, who voted for her. And who are they? The poor who stood for hours getting the lobster ready for market and on potato diggers getting the crop out of the ground? The same Gail Shea who put her obscene pension before food for the poor? The same Gail Shea who hadn't the guts to say, "Hey, Harper, my electorate rely on seasonal work to survive. I can't support your IE changes. Back off, Dude, or I'm walking." That Gail Shea?

    • Piet Hein
      May 14, 2013 - 19:23

      Flauntng Gail Shea, by the way calling Harper Herr Harper is not an insult. Herr is a German word roughly meaning Mr. and in no way is it an insult. In fact, in some parts of Germany it is a courtesy to use the term. We all know what you were trying to say by using the word, but you are so stupid you did not realize you actually paid Harper a courtesy by calling him Herr Harper.

  • Curious resident
    May 14, 2013 - 17:22

    Will he be staying at the Duffy residence while he's here?

  • politics as usual
    May 14, 2013 - 16:34

    Nothing changes. People defend politics as usual by saying this money creates jobs. The same people, and Harper himself, decry public money being wasted and government involvement in the private sector when another party is in power. 2.8 million for topical cream ? Does anyone in their right mind actually think this is a wise investment of public funds ? One would have to be blind, deaf, and dumb not to think this is out-right vote buying. This is disgusting waste of taxpayer money. As for the EI money vs. investment argument - people pay into the EI fund, not all of which are seasonal workers, for a reason and end up denied. Canadian Forces personnel are one example, there are many others. The money that was wasted here was the tax minimum wage workers and single parents pay on everyday items to keep their families alive. I'm not sure what is more disgusting - the mute, apathetic attitude of Canadians or the Harper government.

  • And in other news in Labradors byelection
    May 14, 2013 - 16:23

    The PC party was defeated by Liberal Yvonne Jones. Can you spell...damage control.

  • Where's Duffy?
    May 14, 2013 - 16:04

    How come Harper didn't bring Mike Duffy with him for this annoucement given that Harper is so quick to defend Duffy on Duffy's challenges in answering a question about where he lives? Maybe he was worried that if Duffy was told to go to PEI that he would end up in Ottawa since he appears to get those two places confused.

  • Anonymous
    May 14, 2013 - 15:47

    So sad to see the vestiges of the Reform Party turn to this. Taking money from hard working people and giving it to companies is not free-market economics, this action would make older generations of conservatives spin in their graves. Conservatism in Canada is dead.

  • David
    May 14, 2013 - 15:45

    7.7 million eh. Pretty cheap bribe isn't it?

  • cartman
    May 14, 2013 - 15:19

    they took our jobs

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    May 14, 2013 - 14:31

    There is only government money for the governments wives. That's right, Harper is acting just like a Sheik of Araby, complete with mega corporate and international corporate wives. Old sheiky has no trouble finding money for new tents, more wives' dowries, etc., but he has got no money for the peasants, the slave class, you know, us bond servants. The old harem (those at the top) gets more and more expensive to keep while taking from the poor. It is as plain as the nose on your face, but what do our political leaders do, they accept it. It would appear that our governing parties, no matter which, just want to keep the status quo going even though everyone knows it is unsustainable. As with any dictator he could care less about what you or I say. Our opinions count for nothing, and you think you are living in a free society? I beg to differ looking at all of the edicts from above.

    • chris
      May 14, 2013 - 19:58

      Hey, why not ease up on the Slave's analogy. Finding these comments a lil' over the top. settle down a bit

  • Quiet Observer
    May 14, 2013 - 14:15

    Not that I defend the EI Program changes, but these sorts of investments create full time, year round jobs that will provide opportunities for seasonal workers to gain non-seasonal employment.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      May 14, 2013 - 16:27

      You seem to be falling for the gov's strategy. Starve them long enough and you can get the slaves to do what ever you want, as long as you feed them. The CORPORATE WELFARE MUST STOP. They have to stop buying jobs and giving corporations welfare. By giving these corps(es) money they keep legitimate competition out. If I wanted to compete against BIOVECTRA I start out with an uneven playing field as they not only have governments (our) money, they also have the gov in their corner, cheering them on and hoping we would fail. Because after all, gov doesn't want to claim yet another economic failure.

    • Michael
      May 14, 2013 - 21:42

      Absolutely right. If I remember correctly, there were some $10/hr jobs at Island Abbey Foods posted recently on the job board. Get the application in because there will be a flood of them when word spreads.

  • donna lee clow
    May 14, 2013 - 14:07

    why come to summerside to announce hes giving money to chtown why didnt he announce that in chtown did i miss the turnip truck

    • huh
      May 14, 2013 - 15:04

      Well he wants to flaunt Gail Shea. Difficult to bring her to a riding she doesn't officially represent. And the money wasn't necessarily for "Charlottetown" it is for three companies.

  • thecynicevermore
    May 14, 2013 - 13:27

    How amusing the big fanfare over Harpy's generous gift to three businesses/companies today! Does he think flouting the 7 million(mere peanuts in a political context!) in a Liberal riding will induce all sheep aka voters to forthwith vote PC/Reform/mongrelmutants in 2015? I hope he gets a buzzon promoting the lone PC Shea because with any luck a giant federal red tide will sweep this fair Isle in the next election and we can look forward to seeing the last of their sorry butts depart since they are masters solely of spin and spin alone! Why Charlottetown when Shea hails from "up West" by the way? Seems that the feds care only to shove it in your face how all encompassing powerful they are when they have a majority- which BTW was the worst scenario that could have happened in the last election. One can only pray for a huge Liberal victory or- at the least - a good old fashioned firm grip coalition so that things will get done in an even handed , competent and fair manner!They can augment the pockets of loyal companies but steaal from those of the EI claimants while branding them as fraudsters with these crackdown witch hunts we seem to be observing lately- what a motley crew!

  • nitpicker
    May 14, 2013 - 13:06

    Is the Guardian trying to be provocative here with its opening paragraphs? Just report the news. And try to spell "announcement" correctly.

    • rick marleau
      May 14, 2013 - 16:30

      Must have hit a nerve. Did you use the incorrect spelling of "announcement". Seems to me that unless you have chosen not to use the correct spelling, then we will have to revise the dictionaries.

    • nitpicker
      May 14, 2013 - 19:06

      They have since corrected the spelling error in the article, if that is what you are getting at.

  • Ghoulman
    May 14, 2013 - 13:03

    So, he arrived to announce he's giving money... to three different corporations. Amazing how conservatives constantly scream how the private sector is so much better than government ('cause government is the problem, they tell us) while on the other hand private companies line up for government pork. The most galling thing is that with the Unemployment Insurance changes, which were arbitrary and never studied or even seen coming, they have left Maritimers, especially seasonal workers (that is, most of us), wondering if they will have any income this coming winter.

  • pete
    May 14, 2013 - 13:00

    seems a little disengenous to me.

  • Gerard W.
    May 14, 2013 - 12:46

    We are very,very surprised that Harper didn't give that money to some foreigh Country.

    • albertan
      May 14, 2013 - 14:36

      PEI is a foreign country. Equalization payments to PEI from Alberta are called foreign aid.

    • intobed
      May 14, 2013 - 19:29

      Spoken like a true Albertan. BTW, Alberta doesn't give any transfer payments to PEI. The Canadian government does. But you wouldn't understand that, would you?

  • George
    May 14, 2013 - 12:46

    That is a lot of cash to help win a seat.

  • Funny Photo
    May 14, 2013 - 12:43

    They don't look like a very happy group in the background while Harper is making his announcement. Not what you would expect when there is an $ 8 million announcement.