56

Ottawa spends nearly $40 million on media monitoring

Federal government spends more on news clipping services than on polling


 

The prime minister’s department, the Privy Council Office, has spent $3.8 million monitoring what’s said in newspapers, during broadcasts, and on websites since 2008, the most of any department in the federal government. In all, the Conservatives have spent $38.7 million on media monitoring services over the past three years, according to data compiled by the Ottawa Citizen—more than the $29.6 million the federal government has spent on polling over the same period. In 2007, the Tories ran up a record $31 million tab for polling, but spending on public opinion research has since been slashed.

Ottawa Citizen


 
Filed under:

Ottawa spends nearly $40 million on media monitoring

  1. Be heard, Canada! In the highest corridors of power! Comment right here at macleans.ca!

  2. Hi Steve…how's it goin', eh?

  3. Hi Steve…how's it goin', eh?

  4. The Privy Council clearly needs to review their options as there are a multitude of software providers that could be doing this for far, far less.

  5. The Privy Council clearly needs to review their options as there are a multitude of software providers that could be doing this for far, far less.

    • Heck, I could do it for much, much less; but they would not like what I found.

    • but how can you pay off your cronies if you do that?????

  6. Heck, I could do it for much, much less; but they would not like what I found.

  7. Please don't tell me they spent any of that money underwriting the contributions Kody/Biff/ Chet!

  8. Please don't tell me they spent any of that money underwriting the contributions Kody/Biff/ Chet!

    • perhaps "their" comments are just little tokens left behind after the monitoring is done.

  9. Hah! I always thought we were kidding when we complained about the trolls and how much they were paid. And now we find out not only that it is true, but that the rest of us are footing the bill!

  10. Hah! I always thought we were kidding when we complained about the trolls and how much they were paid. And now we find out not only that it is true, but that the rest of us are footing the bill!

  11. Dear PCO,

    I'm an avid media consumer who is critical yet easily manipulated. I also enjoy being paid large scads of money for something I'd otherwise do for free. I'm sure you can scrounge up an extra 100K for me. Please contact me with the information that you most likely have on file.

    Sincerely,

    whereisian

  12. Dear PCO,

    I'm an avid media consumer who is critical yet easily manipulated. I also enjoy being paid large scads of money for something I'd otherwise do for free. I'm sure you can scrounge up an extra 100K for me. Please contact me with the information that you most likely have on file.

    Sincerely,

    whereisian

  13. It's like an adscam every year!

  14. It's like an adscam every year!

  15. This 40 million is nothing when compared to the 1.2 billion spent every year on the "Liberal" media machine called the CBC.

  16. This 40 million is nothing when compared to the 1.2 billion spent every year on the "Liberal" media machine called the CBC.

    • Oh you just don't like the CBC because they call you on your nonsense.

      • What the who now…?

    • True that!!

      Every television station should only be available by subscription.

    • One would think the CBC brass would stop being such a left wing news media outlet; why bite the hand that feeds you? But oh no they have to report the news and question the motives and integrity of this government.

    • The CBC is a good thing!

    • not like the 1.23 billion on g8 or the helicopter flights while fishermen die in NFL waiting 2.3 hours for rescue or the increase in MPs but not services or the PAY OFFS for campaign support by appointments or….

  17. Oh you just don't like the CBC because they call you on your nonsense.

  18. A drop in the bucket compared to the billion plus for the Senate and Governor General breeding ground–the CBC.

  19. A drop in the bucket compared to the billion plus for the Senate and Governor General breeding ground–the CBC.

    • Well that would be good if it were true.

      List all the GG's from the CBC

      List the Senators from the CBC

    • Mike Duffy – CTV. Other Senators – a bunch of Conservative hacks and losers, who run around raising money for the greedy corrupt Harper Conservative minority government.

  20. Well that would be good if it were true.

    List all the GG's from the CBC

    List the Senators from the CBC

  21. Mike Duffy – CTV. Other Senators – a bunch of Conservative hacks and losers, who run around raising money for the greedy corrupt Harper Conservative minority government.

  22. True that!!

    Every television station should only be available by subscription.

  23. What the who now…?

  24. What a waste of the taxpayers money! After all little Stevie "The Regressive" has told us of his "moral superiority" so what is written or said must be irrelevant.

  25. What a waste of the taxpayers money! After all little Stevie "The Regressive" has told us of his "moral superiority" so what is written or said must be irrelevant.

  26. One would think the CBC brass would stop being such a left wing news media outlet; why bite the hand that feeds you? But oh no they have to report the news and question the motives and integrity of this government.

  27. perhaps "their" comments are just little tokens left behind after the monitoring is done.

  28. Look! Two examples above, using the PM's favourite technique: changing the channel.

  29. Look! Two examples above, using the PM's favourite technique: changing the channel.

  30. Mr. Harper is paranoid and is obessessed with controlling the media.

  31. Mr. Harper is paranoid and is obessessed with controlling the media.

  32. The CBC is a good thing!

  33. Hi Soudas – how's it going, eh? How's yer belly for spots?

  34. Hi Soudas – how's it going, eh? How's yer belly for spots?

  35. Welcome to the New Canadian Harper Government State Media. Little surprise for y'all.

  36. Welcome to the New Canadian Harper Government State Media. Little surprise for y'all.

  37. So…everyone please get out there & vote Harper away!! Think federally, not locally & let's vote him OUT! If other countries can oust their dictators, we can too.
    (THAT ought to get the authorities knocking at my door, eh Big Brother?)

  38. Okay so if they happen to spend $38.7 million in media monitoring, then how much is being spent on Media Censorship? Or would that cost be included in the $38.7 or worse not reported at all.

  39. I hate what Harper is doing to this country.

  40. Harper takes his cue from Mr. Putin of Russia except as usual he puts his little twist on confederation and thought that in Canada it’s called Poutine . It’s amazing what a big ego and no consideration of Canadian Rights does to a man that cares more about his legacy than his perception in history by his own people . One of these days he will be like Putin , afraid to go out of his office , for fear of getting what he deserves . The Canadian version of the  KGB is so pathetic that our PM needs to spend all this money on intelligence because it’s not the Taliban , the Arabs , the US or anyone else he is afraid of , but his own Canadians that will put him in his rightful place in history along with Kadafy and Saddam and Koumeny as truly regressive leaders of the Western world . Chew o0n that Harper !

  41. Their priorities are completely askewed they seem more interested in selling out to corporate interest rather than the well being of Canadian’s and their interests!

  42. So let me get this straight?  The Harper government wants to squeeze EVEN MORE money out of my pocket when I already am struggling just to cover BASIC NECESSITIES to cover costs to SPY on me like a Peeping Tom???   Disgusting.  He has gone too far.

  43. Repost from Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize winner and former war
    correspondent for the New York Times) on Canada’s right-wing neocon Prime
    Minister Stephen Harper:

    Harper is a poster child for corporate malfeasance and
    corporate power, just sort of dismantling everything that’s good about Canada. So he’s the kind of species that rises to
    political power and is utterly subservient to corporate interests at the
    expense of the citizenry.

    Yeah, he’s a pretty venal figure.

    http://www.straight.com/article-732826/vancouver/chris-hedges-harper-venal-us-politics-totally-rigged

Sign in to comment.