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The Harper government has many ears

And it costs $23 million to keep some of those ears working


 

Conservative backbenchers might wonder why their names are included in the government’s media monitoring—the Privy Council Office says it’s merely about searching widely—but they could also ask whether $23 million over two years to monitor public media reports is a reasonable and defensible use of public funds.


 

The Harper government has many ears

  1. “… but they could also ask whether $23 million over two years to monitor public media reports … ”

    I work for consulting firm that has an office in Detroit that works with auto companies, one of my responsibilities is to compile a daily 1,500 word report on auto related info from a variety of countries so my colleagues are informed of what is going on in the world.

    I monitor public media six days a week and would you be surprised to learn that my annual salary in not remotely close to $11.5 million? You could have knocked me over with a feather yesterday when I first read how much Fed Govt spends on employing people to create google alerts.

  2. “Conservative backbenchers might wonder why their names are included in the government’s media monitoring …. ”

    George Orwell – All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others

  3. Harper has no idea that those two kittens are monitoring him.

    Who will be the first from the Harper front bench moron pool to claim, since the media monitor all of us everyday, no big deal?
    If Harper wants to spy on his own party, do it on their own dime, not ours.

    • Yes, monitoring the media (which is public FYI) is tantamount to “spying”. Brillaint analysis.

      • The bigger problem is using public funds for partisan ends.

      • You prefer monitoring i guess then? I notice you didn’t mention the money.

    • They are (mis)-appropriating public funds for something that is a purely political function. This cannot even be disguised with a thin veneer like the EAP ads or website redesign.

      • Looks like it. Course there is the question of whether the Liberals did too in their time. Not that that makes it any better of course. Still, i expect the pmo are busily digging out old liberal sins right about now.
        Although i really doubt the scale will be comparable; but that wont stop them.

  4. This government becomes more brazenly Stalinist with each passing week.