Canada's ruling Conservative party is being accused of using tax-payer money to fund pro-government propaganda. The government's been spending big money on advertising its so-called Economic Action Plan. The multi-million dollar advertising campaign comes despite sweeping cuts to public programs.
Analysts say that in effect the Harper government is telling the Canadian people that there should be cuts to healthcare, childcare and education but that it is ok for the government to spend millions of tax dollars on advertisements for a government initiative that no longer exits.
The Harper government maintains that the tax-payer funded messaging is necessary so the public are aware of their opportunities. But critics demand tangible economic change in Canada rather than embellished statements such as those contained on the Economic Action Plan website.
Joshua Blakeney, Press TV, Calgary