Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stephen Harper and All Those Signs

Since we now know that the Canada Action Plan was nothing more than a very expensive ad campaign, courtesy of Guy Giorno, we shouldn't be surprised to learn that Stephen Harper tracked his signs, but could care less about how, or if, the stimulus was working.

In fact he even put plunking down signs above inspecting our food. We could be poisoned to death, but so long as our last memory was of some damn sign, we could die happy.

OTTAWA - Civil servants across Canada were ordered by the Harper government to document every single sign posted anywhere promoting the federal economic stimulus plan, The Canadian Press has learned. They've spent countless hours tracking every one of more than 8,500 signs posted since last summer, when the urgent, weekly exercise was ordered by the Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic support arm of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office. It continues to this day.

Eighteen departments and agencies are involved, including the country's over-stretched food inspection agency, fisheries and oceans officials, health, public safety and environment workers and Parks Canada employees. The signage database, at the request of PCO, includes the total number of projects that require an "Economic Action Plan" sign, the number of signs already installed, the number of signs remaining to be installed and the number of signs ordered. PCO also demanded to know the anticipated installation dates for uninstalled signs. The tracking exercise generated thousands of pages of documentation over a six-month period at a single Crown corporation, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation documents obtained under the access to information law.

He didn't even care where they were made. Just stuck 'em in the ground and demand that we genuflect every time we walk by one. For Ontarians, it was like Mike Harris redux. For all other Canadians, it was 1984.

So I decided in his honour to post my own little sign:

2 comments:

  1. So true, Emily. They're a plague, a waste of our money, and they're everywhere.
    The thing that gets me most is that WE are paying for them, when like you say, there's a whole lot more important things to put our money towards.
    The silly buffoon who is currently running the show in Ottawa must really want us Canadians to think that he's personally dug deep into his own pocket to pay for all these stimulus plans.
    The signs amount to nothing more than blatant propaganda.
    Only dictators put signs up everywhere. I guess the only good thing is that his smug face isn't on them...yet.

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