One of the crime scenes

Monday, June 07, 2010

May I?

Canada's Il Duce (let's go to the gas station and be done with him)
da Boss of Bosses

Adolf Hitler had Herr Doktor Goebbels. Capo Gordo Campbell has the minders and information manglers of the Public Affairs Bureau. The Ayatollah of the Canadian Taliban, Stevie Harper has the "...potent but little-known communication tool called the Message Event Proposal." Any dictatorial government, or government that intends to implement an agenda that goes against the interest of the voters AND the professed policy objectives expressed during the increasingly sham election periods MUST control the flow (or just as often STOP THE FLOW) of information.

According to Sunday's Toronto Star under the headline Documents expose Harper's obsession with control:
The Canadian Press has obtained almost 1,000 pages of MEPs* from several government departments, including the Privy Council Office, under the Access to Information Act. The PCO, the bureaucratic nerve centre of Ottawa, has been conscripted by an increasingly powerful Prime Minister’s Office to vet requests for public events across the federal government.

The MEPs have blurred the time-honoured separation of non-partisan public servants and political staffers and sidelined seasoned government communicators, sapping morale across the civil service.

They have become the political tool for literally putting words in the mouths of cabinet ministers, federal bureaucrats, low-profile MPs on the barbecue circuit, and seasoned diplomats abroad.

* MEP = Message Event Proposal

For a government that campaigned on transparency, accessibility and accountability, Harper's avoidance of most media and control freak approach to Canadians' access to information is hypocritical at best. But then if this flock of Reform/Alliance wingnuts disguised as Conservatives were out front about their agenda they would be out of elected office, if not incarcerated for treason. Mind you, if only bankers, Zionists and Oil Companies were allowed to vote, these guys would be government for eternity.

Not only did the Prime Minister's Office "decline to comment on this story," but:
The identities of senior sources who have worked at PCO* and other departments are not being revealed because they fear retribution from their political masters.

* PCO = Privy Council Office

The absurd length to which this government and its Control Freak in Chief will go to control the message is illustrated by this example of your tax dollars at work to keep you in the dark, or on the "right" (wing) page.
A 2008 request from an Ottawa journalism student for an interview with CIDA on its Canada Fund for Africa generated a detailed two-page MEP — even though there was only “remote potential for sale of the article to a Canadian magazine or weekend feature section of a national daily.”

There is even a template for a proper Message Event Proposal as follows:

  • Event,

  • Event type

  • Desired headline

  • Key messages

  • Media lines

  • Strategic objectives

  • Desired soundbite

  • Ideal speaking backdrop

  • Ideal event photograph

  • Tone

  • Attire

  • Rollout materials

  • Background

  • Strategic considerations

If I wasn't such a paranoid tin foil hatted conspiracy theorist, I guess I could take comfort in the thought that Uncle Steve and his Cardinals and Bishops Cabinet at least care enough about what I think to try and mould my thoughts non-violently. They could just water-board me or something until I agreed with whatever they wanted me to buy into!


Blogger Kim said...

Chilling. What do we have to do to make other parties act to defend what's left? We have to somehow get Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe to lead the revolution. But Ontario voter's seem to be asleep at the wheel right now, McGuinty is hammering them and you don't hear a peep. As for waterboarding, that's not as far down the slope as you might like to think. Warning, objects on slope are closer then they appear!

Monday, June 7, 2010 at 10:31:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally someones paying attention,I've seen this for years now remember what baird said a few years ago,he liked the way campbell does things and is in touch with him on the phone regularly,lots of similarities hey.

Monday, June 7, 2010 at 12:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photo shows that if nothing else, Harper was potty trained as a youngster to raise a hand when he needed to go to the "room" - sorry I just could not resist given all of his "rectum rhetoric " of late :-)


Monday, June 7, 2010 at 2:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BC Mary said...

Anonymous June 7 at 12:50,

YES ... I remember that chilling comment ... it was made by Whatshisname McGinty, premier of Ontario, when he was first elected and he was trying to make himself look important ...

He said he had been in close contact with "Gord" Campbell ... the inference being that they were so, so close that McGinty could use El Capo's nick-name ... except for the pathetic fact that I've never heard anybody else call El Capo "Gord".

Oh yes, I never forgot that electrifying moment and I remember thinking "Oh, Ontario ... what have you gone and done now ..." As if Mike Harris hadn't been bad enough!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 6:25:00 AM PDT  

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