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Harper’s Economic Action Plan signs may actually be here to stay. Forever and ever and ever…

Just when we thought we'd seen the last of those godawful signs...

May 24, 2016

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Just when we thought we’d seen the last of those god-awful Economic Action Plan signs…

Since election day, people across the country have registered their confusion and amusement that posters and billboards from the Harper government’s now infamous ad campaign are still up – often in the strangest of places.

But despite new rules introduced by the Liberals, seemingly in direct response to the backlash prompted by the former government’s frequent use of partisan advertising, the Privy Council Office says it’s not the government’s responsibility to take down the signs. 

Still more confusingly, the PCO, the bureaucratic wing of government that supports the Prime Minister’s Office, also told the Canadian Press that the signs never counted as advertising in the first place: 

“Please note that project signage for funded projects is not considered advertising… Advertising consists of things like paid billboards and transit posters. Removal and disposal of signage is done by the organization leading the project…. Thus, any signage removal was/is undertaken by the funded organization in accordance with the contribution agreements.”

So if, as the government now says, these giant posters don’t count as advertising in the first place, does this leave a big loophole for the current government and its successors to run similar campaigns? 

In the meantime, don’t expect that Economic Action Plan eyesore in your local neighbourhood, forest, or remote outpost to disappear anytime soon…

Photo: Economic Action Plan sign courtesy Bay_Dragon. Used under Creative Commons license. 

 

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WATCH: Brian Pallister suggests his majority male, 100% white cabinet is the “most diverse” in Canadian history

Fresh from appointing an all-white, majority male cabinet Manitoba's new Premier wasted no time in adding to his lengthy history of ridiculous statements. WATCH:

May 20, 2016

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Fresh from appointing an all-white, majority male cabinet, Manitoba’s new Premier wasted no time in adding to his lengthy history of ridiculous statements

Brian Pallister’s latest howler came just minutes into his government’s first Question Period, when interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino asked about the lack of diversity in his new cabinet.

After trying and failing to get an answer once, Marcelino tried again: 

Marcelino:

I thank the Premier for his response though I didn’t hear any response to…