Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Telling it like it is

Kudos to the CP's Bruce Cheadle in meeting the Cons' attempt to turn the Canada Revenue Agency into part of their advertising structure with the right response:
In response to written questions about why tax changes from 2006 were linked to the 2009 budget for an ad running in 2011, the ostensibly non-partisan revenue agency provided bullet-point responses that began with boilerplate boosterism:

"The Government of Canada is focused on the economy and is putting the needs of Canadians first."

The agency said "a number of tax measures" were introduced in 2009, and provided a link to the action plan web site. Of the CRA ad campaign's several stated priorities, just one measure — a first-time homebuyers tax credit — came about as part of the recession-fighting budget.

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