Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Harper's MinTruth

We have known for quite some time that Harper has been spending enormous amounts of taxpayer money trying to convince us that his government is saving Canada.

More disturbing is how much they are spending on their "Ministry of Truth".

The federal government employs nearly 4,000 communications staff in the public service, an increase of 15.3 per cent since the Conservatives came to power in 2006.
Data compiled by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows there were 3,865 "information services" employees on the payroll at the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year, up by 512 since Prime Minister Stephen Harper assumed office.
The sharpest increases came in the two highest paid job classifications, where numbers jumped 33 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively.
Canadians employ 4,000 people to "communicate" with Canadians?  That's positively ridiculous.  Of course, when among those 4,000 communications staff are the KGB-esque "minders" that Harper sends with scientists when they attend conferences.

Meanwhile, Harper has cut funding to legitimate science that should be used to inform policy decisions - choosing instead to spend those dollars on a propaganda campaign.

[Update 25/6/13 8:25]:  

One last point, this PM is using his offices to implement his propaganda and agitprop campaigns - complete down to faux demonstrations performed by interns.

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