Another core tenet, the idea of streamlined civil service, because, well you know, it's your tax dollars at work. We're in the midst of an economic meltdown, the government coffers running dry. There are threats of massive cuts, leaner times, and YET these Conservatives find the time to worry about the most mundane in the name of self interest. What a colossal waste of your tax dollars:
Tories demand bureaucrats produce weekly count on stimulus signage
Civil servants across Canada were ordered by the Harper government to document every single sign posted anywhere promoting the federal economic stimulus plan, The Canadian Press has learned.
They've spent countless hours tracking every one of more than 8,500 signs posted since last summer, when the urgent, weekly exercise was ordered by the Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic support arm of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
It continues to this day.
Eighteen departments and agencies are involved, including the country's over-stretched food inspection agency, fisheries and oceans officials, health, public safety and environment workers and Parks Canada employees.
In the most stark terms, we see that priority wasn't making sure every dollar was stimulating the economy. But, more rightly we see that every MEANS POSSIBLE was employed to ensure YOU know who was paying for what, who was doling out the cash. Partisan ads, under the guise of the EAP. Forcing municipalities to pony up, partially pay for the signs, or risk not getting any funding. The civil service, distracted and wastefully used, with the only motivation- political self interest and partisan promotion.
How do these Harper fiscal conservatives still do it? How do they contort themselves so that they can someone rationalize selling their supposed "beliefs" to back this complete affront? We're paying for this, we're paying for 100 million in needless advertising per annum. We're paying for staged events, renouncements, announcements of reannoucements. We're paying our civil servants to effectively work on the government's re-election campaign. Yes, it's true and it only requires hind brain cognition to see it, in all it's glory.
It's all relative I guess. Your tax dollars at work, but it all depends on who is working the till I suppose.