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Truth in announcements


 

UPDATE: Colby Cosh has an even better idea — just ban the stupid cheques in the first place.

Hard to see anything wrong with these suggestions, from an NDP press release:

Today, the New Democrats called on Stephen Harper to introduce guidelines for government stimulus announcements, including:

A ban on all partisan logos, slogans, signatures or wordmarks on government promotional material; the only logo to appear on any promotional cheque should be the logo of the Government of Canada; only the signature of the Receiver General of Canada, not government Ministers or MPs should be placed on promotional materials.

When announcements take place in a riding held by an opposition MP, the MP should be invited to the funding announcement in recognition of their work on behalf of their constituents. No Conservative Party candidates should be invited to announcements in opposition held ridings as is currently the case.

Stoffer said such changes would take the partisanship out of announcements, including the Harper government’s routine practice of inviting Conservative Party candidates to funding announcements in opposition ridings. Meanwhile the incumbent opposition MP is often left off the invitation list and finds out about the announcement from the local media.


 
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Truth in announcements

  1. Sorry. It's an NDP suggestion … unworthy of attention, much less support.

    Let's move on.

  2. Nothing wrong with it…..only that it has been suggested about a million times since the stimulus began by all the opposition at various times……ok maybe not a million, but lots and lots of times.

  3. These are very sensible changes. Which of course, means they won't happen.

    • Dippers voted against the government 79 times,
      they voted against the budget and the implimentation of the budget.
      They voted against everything this government has done, prior to Sept,
      and now they want credit !!!!!!! Credit for what exactly?
      What have Dippers done other than try to have this government defeated?

  4. These 'changes' wouldn't be necessary if we had a government that had any sense of decency.

  5. "When announcements take place in a riding held by an opposition MP, the MP should be invited to the funding announcement in recognition of their work on behalf of their constituents. No Conservative Party candidates should be invited to announcements in opposition held ridings as is currently the case."

    Uh, even if they, like the NDP and Bloc, VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET that brought in this money in the first place? Indeed, doesn't this concern kind of undermine the notion that all the money is going to conservative ridings?

  6. Is this a parody of a typical Conservative party response?

  7. Uh, even if they, like the NDP and Bloc, VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET

    Yup. Because it's *our* money. Not the Parties'

    • What part of "the MP should be invited to the funding announcement in recognition of their work on behalf of their constituents." do you not comprehend?

  8. Reform has brought the local CANDIDATE into opposition-held ridings to introduce stimulus cheques?! Jumpin' Jesus!

  9. Furthermore to the above, because these areas already have a representative of the Government they rather conveniently chose for themselves. Because they are not a member of the party of power doesn't mean said party gets to replace them in their roles as the current press release requires nor deny their presence.

    Indeed, doesn't this concern kind of undermine the notion that all the money is going to conservative ridings?

    Just because some money is going to X, doesn't mean substantially more is going to Y. Which has been proven to be the case both on a political and independent basis. 'All' has never been the issue, although that simplification of it is the easiest to counter so that's all that's trotted out in defense.

  10. Additional because I just realized it: essentially what they are doing by sending area candidates out to hand out checks is campaigning with taxpayer money. "Here I am. Look as the nice sum of money I just got you. Remember me the next time the ballots need to be X'ed"

    I'd really like to know where electioneering law stands on that, although I suspect it's entirely vague enough to be gotten away with or it would've been hammered on by now.

    • Remeber that this is not the only time they have used taxpayers money for partisan purposes. They have uglified the Government of Canad websites with much Conservative blue and way too many photos of Stephen Harper.

  11. It makes perfect sense so it's dead in the water.

  12. ''No Conservative Party candidates should be invited to announcements in opposition held ridings as is currently the case.''

    Excuse me Jack,
    but the Government of Canada is handing out the pork, not the NDP,
    and the Conservatives are the governing party.

    So if yah want your MP at the Government ceremony,
    there WIL BE a government representative there too…….

    But heh, I'm all in for the MP who won the riding to stand beside the cheque as well as the Government rep.

    • How the 'f' is a CPC candidate a representative of government? I think people are confusing "government" and "people who belong to the political party that forms the government"

  13. Gawd, this is just a photo-op folks. A photo-op.

  14. A CPC candidate is NOTa representative of the Goverment of Canada. He or she is someone who, at some point in the future, would LIKE to become an MP, representing the CPC. Therefore, I would say Stoffer is correct in that they should have no place at funding photo ops.

    Of course the Government should have a representative there, it only makes sense. However that representative should be the minister responsible for the money being handed out, or an MP from an adjacent riding. Candidates should have absolutely no role to play.

  15. A CPC candidate is NOT a representative of the Goverment of Canada. He or she is someone who, at some point in the future, would LIKE to become an MP, representing the CPC. Therefore, I would say Stoffer is correct in that they should have no place at funding photo ops.

    Of course the Government should have a representative there, it only makes sense. However that representative should be the minister responsible for the money being handed out, or an MP from an adjacent riding. Candidates should have absolutely no role to play.

  16. A CPC candidate is NOT a representative of the Goverment of Canada. He or she is someone who, at some point in the future, would LIKE to become an MP representing the CPC. Therefore, I would say Stoffer is correct in that they should have no place at funding photo ops.

    Of course the Government should have a representative there, it only makes sense. However that representative should be the minister responsible for the money being handed out, or an MP from an adjacent riding. Candidates should have absolutely no role to play.

  17. Where have CPC candidates (not MP's) been handing out cheques? I would guess that where cheques are going out in opposition ridings it is the minister doing so.

    • I don't think anyone is saying candidates have been handing out cheques. wilson just seemed to be confused about what it means to be a "respresentative of the government."

      But if the MP for a riding isn't invited to an announcement, while a candidate is, then that's entirely unacceptable. The MP, even if he or she doesn't belong to the governing party, was elected by the voters of that riding to work on their behalf in the HoC. To shut them out while trying to give free publicity to someone who hasn't done anything on behalf of the constituents of a riding seems quite ridiculous.

  18. The Government of Canada can assign ANYONE as the cardboard cheque holder, including Tory candidates.
    It's a photo-op, with a cardboard prop, period.

    ''When announcements take place in a riding held by an opposition MP, the MP should be invited to the funding announcement in recognition of their work on behalf of their constituents.''

    So Dippers can pretend that 'they' are responsible for the riding getting the pork……which they are not.

    Municiple, Provincial and the the Harper Government jointly decided on the stimulus funding,
    and the NDP was totally absent.

  19. The fact that Tories are defending these preposterous practices shows just how far this party has fallen. But if you've lost your moral authority, but are up in the polls, who cares?…

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