The Prime Minister’s Office was very nearly a $10 million operation last year, but only because the Prime Minister is so committed to communicating with each and every one of us.
He explained that the rise in PMO expenses is the result of two things: A larger communications staff to help the prime minister and his ministers communicate with Canadians; and, to a lesser extent, increased travel by Harper throughout Canada as he informed the public of the government’s actions to fight the recession.
“Communicating is always important. But it’s even more so when Canadians are worried about their economy and what their government is doing to address it. So it’s important to return every phone call and have the prime minister out there communicating.” MacDougall said a larger communication staff is needed because “news is happening all the time now, there’s more media formats and more outlets.”