On Sunday, the Conservative Party of Canada announced that if re-elected, they would match donations made during the annual Terry Fox Run up to $35 million. When asked how the Fox family felt about this, the government spokesman responded that they were “enthusiastic”.
Turns out, not so much. On Monday, the Fox family released a statement saying that the government had not asked them how they felt about the plan, and that they had always strived to keep Terry’s legacy non political.
A Conservative spokesperson responded to the Fox Family’s statement by saying they made a mistake, and assumed the family was enthusiastic, because the Terry Fox Foundation was and had asked for the funding.
Then the Terry Fox Foundation released a statement saying that the first they had heard of this pledge was when the Conservatives made their announcement on Sunday, and that they had not requested funding from the government.
It should be noted that the Conservatives tried to be all self righteous and called on the other parties to commit to the same promise on Sunday... Seems to me it was a pretty transparent attempt to try and make them seem like the ones who care after the refugee debacle. How gratifying to have it blow up in their faces.
For those who don’t know who Terry Fox is, in 1980 he began a run across Canada called the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research, despite having lost a leg to cancer. He made it more than 1/2 way across the country, before the cancer returned and he was forced to quit. He passed away in 1981. He is the quintessential Canadian hero.