was the subject of radio interviews on The New 940 (Montreal) on December 22, 2006, and on CKNW Talk Radio (Vancouver) on December 28, 2006, was published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix in early January 2007 and in the Hill Times on January 8, 2007, and was the subject of an article in the January 11, 2007 of The Georgia Straight
Media Helps Prime Minister Mislead Canadians on
If a sports team scored 60 percent as many points as they pledged to score before a game, even though they had every opportunity to score 100 percent, no sports reporters would congratulate them on their success. Nor would any sports reporter applaud a team that won only 60 percent of the games the team promised to win.
If a movie reviewer went to a movie promised to be 100 minutes long and it ended after 60 minutes, the movie would very likely be viciously criticized as a rip-off and its director as a fraud.
If a corporate CEO promised a 100 percent return, but only delivered 60 percent, business reporters would charge her with misleading shareholders.
Yet most political reporters and media outlets have applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper for successfully keeping his election promise to pass the "Federal Accountability Act" (FAA), and many have repeated (without question or qualification) the PM's claim that "accountability in government is now the law" and Treasury Board John Baird's claim that the Conservatives have delivered "clean government" as a Christmas gift to Canadians, even though:
To see a summary of the key measures in Bill C-2, the so-called Federal Accountability Act, click here
To see a summary of the 85 undemocratic loopholes in the federal government's accountability system that Bill C-2 does nothing to close, click here
To see the details about the ethics complaint Democracy Watch has filed about the Conservatives' breaking their election promises concerning Bill C-2, click here
To see an opinion piece about Bill C-2 by Democracy Watch Coordinator Duff Conacher which was published in two Canadian newspapers, click here
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