New government website clearly crosses the line between political party advocacy, and government business.
The Trudeau government is taking heat for a new website that supposedly tracks government promises – yet actually reads much more like a political campaign document than official government info.
While the website may not be entirely full of lies (even Trudeau would have a tough time getting away with that), its overall political nature is clearly something that Canadian taxpayers should not be paying for.
It’s called canada.ca/results, and is funded entirely by taxpayer dollars. It lists government promises, and then “tracks” their progress.
As noted by the Huff Post, “The new tool allows the public, journalists, and stakeholders to track whether specific pledges have been met, are on the way to being met, are underway but experiencing some challenges, or have been completely abandoned.”
That’s the problem right there. The government is trying to sell it as a “tool,” which gives it a nice, non partisan look. Of course, the government decides what info to put on the site, so the “tool” is simply an extension of the Trudeau government’s messaging – and is therefore taxpayer funded propaganda.
You can see that in the phrasing, as “experiencing challenges,” is a clever way for the government to hide the truth.
Journalist Althia Raj points out the problem quite clearly:
“The Liberals’ pledge to balance the budget by 2019-2020, for example, is listed on the government website as “underway – with challenges.” None of the Finance department’s projects show a balanced budget for the next several years. Spending commitments the Liberals made suggest the budget won’t be balanced for several decades, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau refused last week to give a date for returning the books back to black.”
So, we are paying for a website that masquerades as a “tool” for the public and the media, while it spews out false and misleading information.
It seems that as more and more Canadians wake up to the true reality of the Trudeau government, Ottawa is trying to change the perception of that reality to match their political interests.
That would be fine for a political party to do with its own money, but it’s disgraceful when a government forces us to pay for their dishonest propaganda.