Time to call bullshit.
Up here in Canada, the Conservative government is taking a lot of heat for spending millions of dollars of public money to promote programs they have put in place. The accusation is, of course, that they are using public funding for political advertising. Their response form the Harper Conservatives – the government has a responsibility to raise awareness of government programs.
Stephen Harper’s recent drop in the polls is indicative of the fact that people are starting to see through this thin veil.
Compare the Conservative ads for the Economic Action Plan and Responsible Resource Development with the 1990’s ads Chretien’s Liberals did for their infrastructure funds. The difference is night and day. Both were certainly designed to make you feel good about what the government of the day was doing on your behalf. The Chretien ads, however, were clearly purposed at education – any reflected glory on the Liberal sponsors was incidental. The Harper ads have none of that subtlety. They are indistinguishable from campaign ads, serving only to push out the Harper Conservative message.
No big deal? A difference in degree only? Not so. This is only one in a long series of examples of Stephen Harper politicizing the business of Government. Canadians have been well served in the past by governments who have resisted this temptation and we are starting to become disgusted with Stephen Harpers refusal to exercise the same constraint. Canadians are feeling dirty and Harper’s number are tanking. This is not feeling with Peace Order and Good Government.