Harper government spending $9 million on wireless industry advertising: report


SLM
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Harper government spending $9 million on wireless industry advertising: report

The so-called fiscally conservative Tories are certainly not living up to their moniker when it comes to government advertising.
Last summer, you'll recall the big three Canadian wireless carriers — Bell, Telus and Rogers — launched an ad campaign against the government to fight the liberalization of new wireless rules which would have allowed U.S. telecom giant Verizon to enter the Canadian market.
The federal government fought back with a campaign of their own, which — according to a CBC News source — is costing Canadian taxpayers $9 million; $2.6 million is for television commercials while the rest is being spent on radio and newspaper ads, as well as a website.

Jake Enwright, a spokesman for Industry Minister James Moore, told CBC the ads are necessary to tell Canadians about the government's wireless policy.
"Our government has an obligation to ensure the facts about our wireless policy are communicated to Canadians. These ads provide those facts," Enwright said in an email.
"Our policy to increase competition in the wireless sector is providing Canadians with more choices and access to the latest technology at lower prices."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=0ath9w1VmSE


That's one expensive communications strategy.
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If you're keeping score at home, here's what the feds have recently spent on suspect advertising.
  • Economic Action Plan ads: $113 million since 2009
  • War of 1812 ads: $4.5 million
  • Canada Job Grant ads: ??? (prime time ads for a program that didn't even exist)
Gregory Thomas of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says he's surprised that the government would even launch such a campaign in the first place.
"The Harper government wants to eliminate the deficit and balance the budget, but then they spend $9 million on ads attacking the wireless industry, millions more promoting the non-existent Canada Jobs Grant during the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring, and millions more promoting the so-called Economic Action Plan," Thomas told Yahoo Canada News.
"It’s unconscionable that the Harper government would use taxpayer dollars to attack taxpaying businesses – it would be just as bad if they were targeting unions or religious groups – with their own tax dollars.
"Ontario Liberal MP David McGuinty is on the right track with the private member’s bill he introduced in November – it’s modeled on Ontario’s approach, where the Auditor General, an independent officer of parliament, must review and approve all government advertising."
The wireless ads, CBC notes, will run until December 22.


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$9 million on ads. $9 million. FML.


And before anyone defends it....just don't.
 
damngrumpy
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First of all this is not a fiscally conservative government. It is really a conservative
government only in name. Much of the conservative party was hijacked by the old
Reform base. The rest of it was sold out by Peter McKay who wanted a role in
the new party. This government has overspent by billions every year since it came to
power. It dismantled the benefits of ordinary citizens to invest in the ambitions of the
corporations and the military. Some of this was necessary I agree but there is a lot
of waste and problems yet to come from the fallout from the excessive actions.
Nine Million was a total waste of money and of benefit to no one.
 
petros
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What makes them believe wireless rates are the biggest concern on Canadian's minds? Are the voting masses that brain dead. If they are then we are indeed in the midst of the zombie apokylips.
 
Tonington
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Politicians are already paid. Have the Minister do interviews. Boom, free advertising.
 
BornRuff
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The Ontario model really should be adopted by the Feds. It is really insulting that they can use our tax dollars for partisan political ads.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Opm.
 
tay
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Oh $9 mill is a sand grain..............


Outsourcing, just because you hate Unions is going to cost us all in the end...............






Federal departments and agencies spent more than $10 billion annually for the past four years on professional services — work like management consulting, IT assistance, and engineering, purchased from external contractors or from other government entities.


That’s up from the $7.8 billion spent in 2006 — a 27.8 per cent increase under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tenure.



Over the seven-year period, the federal government has spent more than $67 billion on outside professional help. The bulk of that money — about $41 billion — has been spent over the past four fiscal years alone.


“We have no evidence that the use of external consultants actually costs the taxpayer less,” said Mathieu Ravignat, the NDP’s Treasury Board critic, on Wednesday.



“I think Canadians are better served by (the public service) than a consulting company that Canadians know very little about.”



The number of contracted-out services could continue to increase as the government works its way through plans to eliminate 19,200 positions from the core public service by 2015.




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Conservative government spends billions annually on outside services | Toronto Star
 
taxslave
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There is a really good reason for contracting out. Mostly because once the job is done there is no more cost. No offices and staff to rent, No payroll for a redundant employee,No Benefits or pension to pay forever.
 
petros
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That's only if they aren't busy.
 
tay
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I guess this is pay back.............






Rogers, Telus and Bell Mobility now all charge $80 per month for new smartphone plans with a new contract, $5 more than those same plans cost when they were introduced last year. The prices for other smartphone plans with more data cost upwards of $145.

The price hikes affect every province except Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
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Manitoba and Saskatchewan, however, have more competitive pricing. Due to strong regional competitors in SaskTel and MTS, Bell and Rogers plans start at $65 per month with five GB of data. An equivalent plan elsewhere in the country costs $55 more per month.




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Wireless carriers hike prices across Canada - Business - CBC News
 
Machjo
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9 millions could provide education for quite a few kids.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

9 millions could provide education for quite a few kids.

Yea, a nanny statin', politically correct, leftist, ivory tower edukashin!!!
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Yea, a nanny statin', politically correct, leftist, ivory tower edukashin!!!

For kids it would be compulsory education, hardly ivory tower stuff, but I agree with you some on the far right think we don't even have an obligation to provide kids with elementary education.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Well, this proves that lefties are lying when they say Tories don't want to take care of people.
 
mentalfloss
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We don't have an obligation to do anything and we can end up like Durry.
 
petros
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Quote:

Manitoba and Saskatchewan, however, have more competitive pricing. Due to strong regional competitors in SaskTel and MTS, Bell and Rogers plans start at $65 per month with five GB of data. An equivalent plan elsewhere in the country costs $55 more per month.

SaskTel and MTS are still Crowns. What are the odds they still make good profit while being affordable?
 
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