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1 Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:07 am

grumpy old man


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While I hate these glad-handing press ops I could accept them provided the taxpayer is not funding it. Anyone believe the Conservatives are paying for this out of their own pockets?
By DAVID AKIN, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF OTTAWA - Winnipeg Sun

More than 70 Conservative MPs, ministers, and senators will fan out across the country Thursday to push the virtues of their so-called Economic Action Plan.

It's all part of an unprecedented, highly co-ordinated public relations campaign organized by officials in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government who believe that Canadians don't give a whit about the latest political scandal in Ottawa but that they do care about job growth and the economy.

"The Harper Government's main priority is the economy and helping to create more jobs for Canadians. Canada's continued job growth again shows our Economic Action Plan and our low-tax agenda are getting positive results for Canadian families," said Melisa Leclerc, the deputy director of communications in the Prime Minister's Office.

Meanwhile, the Liberals and NDP are holding Parliament Hill press

conferences Thursday to talk more about International Trade Minister Bev Oda, who they accuse of the serious charge of lying to Parliament. Harper's political opponents believe the Oda affair is, to use a favourite phrase of Liberal MP Bob Rae, another example of the Conservative "culture of deceit."

But the spin Canadians will hear on Thursday from dozens and dozens of government MPs who have press conferences scheduled from coast to coast is that the economy is uppermost in the minds of most Canadians. Conservative MPs and senators will argue their decision to open Ottawa's wallet and fund thousands of infrastructure jobs helped pull Canada through the recession.

The Tories, though, though took some heat from both the left and right for their massive multi-billion dollar economic action plan, designed, the government said, to prevent Canada from suffering the worst ravages of the recession.

From the political right, the Tories have taken fire for racking up the largest deficit in Canadian history. With a federal budget set for next month, there still is no detailed plan from the government to eliminate that deficit.

From their left on the political spectrum, the Conservatives have been attacked for fumbling the stimulus program, either by starting the spending too late or by funneling infrastructure money to favoured ridings.

The government, though, shrugs off that kind of criticism by pointing to the latest job numbers. Statistics Canada says that 460,000 new jobs have been created since the depth of the recession in July, 2009 - that's the strongest job growth in the G7 - and the economy has grown now for five straight quarters. So far as jobs go, the economy is pretty much back to where it was before the recession.

Moreover, new data released Wednesday showed corporate profits in Canada continue to show strong growth, another sign of economic recovery in Canada.

"Improving financial positions for Canadian corporations will support continued growth in business investment, mainly in commodity and manufacturing sectors," Pascal Gautheir, senior economist at TD Bank, wrote in a report.


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2 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:13 am

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The federal Conservative Party have unprecedented fundraised/donation dollars to send - that's what they're spending. That party brings in $6 for every dollar the Libs attract. Look for a majority - the Canadian people are starting to stand and expess themselves - finally.

3 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:35 am

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Just so I have this crystal clear, the costs incurred due to this PR campaign are being funded out of their own coffers? The taxpayer is not paying dime one?


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4 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:03 am

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I can guarantee you that is not the case GOM.


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5 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:32 am

Jondo


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Grumpy - that would be against the rules. However we may want to audit the Liberal's folowing the next election. They may have to skirt the rules to achieve the same presence the Conservative party can afford.

6 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:35 am

Deank


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It would not be against the rules to use their own money to toot their own horn.


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7 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:41 am

Jondo


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Yes - but Grumpy's concern is with other means of funding - not their own party coffers.

8 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:35 am

Deank


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add this to the pile of should money be being spent like this.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2011/02/23/17382211.html

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It would appear the game's afoot.

A confidential Tory fundraising appeal -- stamped URGENT -- went out
last week urging the federal Conservative faithful to dig deep for
another quarter-million bucks because "we will likely face an election
in the next few weeks.""


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9 Re: Tories launch economic PR blitz on Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:38 am

Deank


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Jondo wrote:Yes - but Grumpy's concern is with other means of funding - not their own party coffers.

ahh... yeah I gotcha now. yeah ..party money.. definitely rules on that.


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