Tories spend 5 times more on ads than H1N1 prevention
Anyone surprised? Didn't think so.
The Conservative government is spending more than five times as many taxpayer dollars on promoting its economic plan as it is on raising public awareness about the flu pandemic.
And that's once again raising a long-standing question: when does government advertising cross the line into partisan boosterism?
Television viewers may have noticed the latest feel-good government ads about stimulus spending, including the Conservative-friendly, anti-election pitch: "We can't stop now," and "We have to stay on track."
All the ads direct viewers to a Tory-blue government website that includes more than 40 different photos of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and refers repeatedly to "the Harper government" – apparently in direct contravention of Treasury Board communications policy.
Again, in direct contravention of a policy or guideline? I cannot for the life of me understand how this government continues to get away with this stuff.
I'll let you read the rest of the article but will just say this. It is good to see the media finally doing a little more scrutinizing, on issues such as this.
It is long over due and Canadians certainly have a right to know. The government apparently doesn't think so though.
PCO did not respond to a written list of questions from The Canadian Press over a three-day period last week.