The Sixth Estate Weekly Flack Awards are given to the Cabinet ministers whose communications staff make the most appalling and disrespectful spectacle of the week, taking the already low standards of government propaganda and sinking them even further. I really, really wanted to give this week’s award to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and his team for sending out Joyce Bateman to deliver the following appalling line on honeybees:
Honey bees may be small in size, but there is no doubt that they have a big impact on the Canadian economy
I wanted to, but I have no choice but to defer on that one, because Jason Kenney and his communications team decided to sink the bar even lower than I thought it could possibly go when I started these Awards. Sun TV, it seems, wanted to film a citizenship ceremony. But there wasn’t one scheduled, and bureaucrats couldn’t find enough newly-sworn-in citizens to stage something called a “reaffirmation ceremony.” So instead, Kenney’s department sent out some of their own employees to pretend to be new citizens.
Kenney is unrepentant. He says that this event “in no way should undermine the importance and value of special reaffirmation ceremonies which we encourage all Candaians to participate in.” He’s right. I never believed anything I saw on Sun TV anyways, so half zero is still zero. But it doesn’t excuse him from his responsibility for an attempt to scam the Canadian public regarding the citizenship ceremonies he supposedly cares so deeply about. Let us not forget, this is a man who thinks the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is “stupid.”Tweet