How did people in the political world amuse themselves before Twitter?
It seems everyday now a political gaffe turns into a Twitter trend.
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:
"Harper Canada" announces $500K for sewage system in NS;twitpic.com/cdg3yz
— David Akin (@davidakin) March 22, 2013
I don't want to live in #HarperCanada. I just want to live in regular Canada!!
— Canteach (@canteach) March 22, 2013
No doubt this #harpercanada incident will go into the Stephen Harper wikipedia article as an example of the erosion of Canada democracy.
— Stephen Taylor (@stephen_taylor) March 22, 2013
— The Forgotten Man (@TehForgottenMan) March 22, 2013
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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