PMO never too busy for photo-ops
The practice of sending out official photos of the Prime Minister to the media was pioneered by the Harperites, whose commitment to ensuring the media has everything they need to do their jobs is so strong that no matter how grave the crisis there is always an official photographer on hand to capture the statesman at work. Perhaps I’m just paying more attention now that I don’t have Parliament to distract me, but this week it’s seemed particularly bizarre.
Update: I just received this message from the PMO marked “Urgent.” Take a read and then decide whether the PMO’s definition or urgency matches your own.
OTTAWA – Public event for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Thursday, January 14th is:
3:00 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mrs. Laureen Harper will make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross.
Canadian Red Cross
340 Catherine Street
*Photo opportunity only (cameras and photographers only)
I'm not trying to be cynical, but this looks like naked exploitation from here. I think it's actually disgusting, how much effort is being wasted within the government halls, worrying about APPEARANCES, rather than the issue at hand. There, I said it.