Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
National Affairs Reporter for the Canadian Press, Bruce Cheadle
We started this segment with an ad from Canada's Economic Action Plan.
That is the kind of news most Canadians could stand to hear more of. The question is whether you want Ottawa to spend tens-of-millions-of-dollars to make sure you do. That story (in above from Brent Bamford and Jocelyn Williams -- the President and Vice President of a Toronto-based company called Automatic Coating Limited -- is part of a new ad campaign launched yesterday for Canada's Economic Action Plan.
For the first quarter of this fiscal year, the Federal cabinet budgeted 16-million-dollars for ads for the Economic Action Plan. In total, the federal government has spent more than 60-million-dollars since 2009 on commercials, signage and a web site. The problem is that according to government documents obtained by the Canadian Press, those ads are a lot less effective than they used to be ... and they are increasingly seen by some as wasteful propaganda.
Bruce Cheadle is a national affairs reporter for The Canadian Press. He was in Ottawa.
Panel: Tim Powers / Cindy Blackstock
Well, prosperity or propaganda, that is the question we're asking today about the advertisements for Canada's Economic Action Plan.
Tim Powers is the vice-president of Summa Communications and a long-time conservative strategist. He was in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello and Dawna Dingwall.
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