Twitter gaffe mistakes government for ‘Harper Canada’ on press release

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

How did people in the political world amuse themselves before Twitter?

It seems everyday now a political gaffe turns into a Twitter trend.

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Today's trend comes courtesy of a communications staffer in the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) who mistakenly used the term 'Harper Canada' instead of 'Harper government' in a press release.

It has spurred a #HarperCanada Twitter frenzy:

The term "Harper government" has become a bone of contention for many ever since a 2011 Canadian Press report which suggested that bureaucrats were directing staffers to replace the words 'Government of Canada' with 'Harper Government,' in departmental releases.

Harper Canada, errr, the Harper government, ahem...the Government of Canada denied the story.

And, in case you were wondering, ACOA has changed their press release to read the "Harper Government Invests in..."

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