The federal Conservatives are facing a backlash from Terry Fox’s family and friends, who insist they were not happy about the party’s pledge to match Terry Fox Run donations if re-elected. Conservative MP James Moore made the announcement this weekend and many found the campaign event in poor taste. Moore said the family was aware and excited about his party’s commitment, this was not true. The incident has since been taken as evidence by critics that there is nothing the Conservative party will not politicize it to its advantage. But back in August, the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute wrote to Harper, as well as the other party leaders, seeking a funding commitment for a new cancer research project from the next federal government. The Conservatives gave the foundation a campaign-trail commitment for funding if re-elected except the only mistake they made was announcing it without the foundation’s oversight.
Are the Tories being unfairly called out?