Thursday, December 13, 2007

Well, he did find witches...

The much anticipated Paille report has arrived! And, wouldn't you know it, after sitting on Senator Michael Fortier's desk since October 5th, it was published the exact same day as Brian Mulroney's appearance before the Commons Ethics Committee. Talk about weird coincidences, eh?

So what did the report, designed to embarrass the Liberals find? Plenty of embarrassing stuff, all right:

-More than two polls commissioned per business day, a figure Paille calls "quite astounding".

-A shocking 31.2 million spent on public opinion polls in one year alone!

-Certain polls strayed into the political realm. For example, some asked Canadians to rate how the PM and his Cabinet Ministers were performing.

Ouch. It befuddles me as to why Harper would want to bury this news story because...what's that?...oh...

OTTAWA - An independent investigator hired by the Harper government to look into past Liberal polling practices has wound up shining an unfavourable light on the Tories' penchant for polling.

Yes, it turns out that the above bullet points refer to Canada's New Government, rather than the old one Paille was tasked to investigate. After finding it would not be worthwhile to pursue an inquiry into Liberal polling practices, Paille "took the liberty" of exceeding his mandate and stuck his nose into the practices of the current government.

Embarrassing indeed.

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9 Comments:

  • “Paille chides the current government for failing to negotiate reduced bulk rates for syndicated polls, wherein a number of different government departments purchase the same survey. He suggests that the problem, flagged by Fraser in 2003, has gotten worse under the Tories.”

    And these clowns are in charge of our money!

    Now, we can quantity the difference between the CPC and Jean Chretien liberals. Those bums are twice as bad as the other bums.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 8:25 PM  

  • That is frigging hilarious.

    By Blogger Justin Socie, at 12:48 AM  

  • Another thing rather strange: nary a Conservative or Blogging Tory to be found to comment on this report...and hardly any comments on any of the major Progressive/Liberal blogs talking about this from the usual suspects. I wonder why?

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 5:03 PM  

  • Good work dude.

    By Blogger James Bowie, at 6:30 PM  

  • I consider myself a small 'c' conservative, and I sure will comment.
    This sucks.
    Not so much for the short-term embarrassment but for my own disappointment in the (not so)new government. It is no consolation to say 'well, the Liberals were just as bad' when they (at least according to this report) were 50% less bad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 PM  

  • I saved this from the 2005/06 election campaign:

    The Federal Accountability Act
    Stephen Harper’s commitment to Canadians to clean up government


    Clean up government polling and advertising

    The Liberal government commissions some $25 million per year in polling and public opinion research.

    Government advertising and contracting must be cleaned up – not used for partisan purposes by
    government, or for the private benefit of contract recipients.

    By Anonymous i am not a witch, at 11:16 PM  

  • Canada's New Government is nothing like the Chretien/Martin Liberals. It took quite a few years for the inevitable sense of entitlement to set in to long serving Liberal government. With Harper and Co. it took about an hour and a half. For a guy who has made a career out of railing about Liberal graft and waste of public funds, it is incredible that Harper has been so disingenuous with the way that he conducts the affairs of government. What's good for the goose is not good for the gander, evidently.

    By Blogger Archie, at 2:38 AM  

  • Hellooooooooo!

    (Echoes in deep dark cavern)

    What happened to the trol…… hum hum conservatives?

    Why don’t you guys clean up your party? We need a leader that we can vote for. Otherwise, there’s no alternative to that nerd called dion.

    Hellooooooo! Anyone home?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:37 PM  

  • I guess following Warren's advice really paid big dividends for Harper this time around, eh?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 AM  

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