Liberal Party upset over signs?

A Liberal Party press release yesterday criticized the government for putting up “signs for signs”:

OTTAWA – Liberal MPs today attacked the latest Conservative propaganda tactic of putting signs in front of federal buildings that advertise the installation or study of other signs.

“Stephen Harper calls this stimulus?” said Liberal MP Wayne Easter. “First it was signs to advertise routine maintenance like replacing door-knobs. Now it’s signage that takes credit for signage. What’s next, a cheque presentation to pay for cheques? Advertising that advertises advertising?”

According to the Harper government’s Conservative-blue Economic Action Plan website, giant billboard signage takes credit for “a study of overhead signage” in Gatineau’s Place du Centre and “installation of interior/exterior signage” in Yellowknife’s Greenstone Government of Canada Building.

Regarding the project in Yellowknife, a government press release explains:

PWGSC is making many upgrades to this building, including electrical and mechanical maintenance, repairing a foundation wall, installing an auto-transfer switch and a chiller upgrade for operational deficiencies, and assessing the electrical switchgear panel and breaker.

I spoke with a senior staffer in the Prime Minister’s Office and another staffer at Public Works to find out about the Gatineau sign.

I learned that there are 8 federal projects occurring at Gatineau’s Place du Centre with work underway costing $840,000. One of these projects is for “a study of overhead signage”. This smaller project involves studying accessibility and safety in federal buildings for visually-impaired people.

Next, look for Liberals protesting a wheelchair ramp installation near you. They’ll be the ones holding signs.

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  • http://hincheysstore.blogspot.com/ Hinchey's Store

    The devil is always in the details, and some in ParLiament refuse to look at them.

  • maplestar

    I thought the Conservatives were the party of transparency and openness after the Liberals' sponsorship program? If they're going to the expense of putting up signs telling why the money was spent, shouldn't Canadians be able to assume that the signs give a valid reason for signs? We shouldn't have to resort to digging for press releases and documentation? If those steps are necessary, then the stimulus signs are a waste of money.

  • batb

    Maybe the Liberal$ would like to complain about a Toronto subway car papered with CBC ads and nothing but CBC ads: THE WHOLE CAR. It's the taxpayers who are paying for full-colour, glossy ads for all of the shows THEY already pay for on the CBC and which they NEVER, or very seldom, watch.

    Or, maybe they'd like to complain about the unfairness of ads in the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) lauding David Miller and Dalton McGuinty for contributing new stimulus funds to the TTC to upgrade their system, with absolutely NO MENTION that the feds are contributing a few billion to the project.

    I've called the TTC to complain. But, the Liberal$ might be more likely to be listened to.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Press Releases == transparency, no? Digging? Try Google.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Also, the data has been released in a huge spreadsheet that you can download and mashup (many people already have)

  • m123T

    And how about those commercials on cbc, paid for with our mone;y, that advertises the cbc.
    And they have the guts to complain about the conservatives advertising themselves, or the projects they initiated.
    OT, but can't wait for the networks to pull their signals off of cable channels, or let us opt out of buying them.

  • Switchyard O'Taylor

    SNAP!

  • TangoJuliette

    TangoJuliette sez:

    Signage, depending on the nature of the application, is real work, in spite of what libranos and librano volunteers like Mr Kinsella may have you believe. It’s something akin to a party of lawyers having legal counsel.

    Now, try to imagine CNR without it’s meandering track of twinned letters, Air Canada without it’s Maple Leaf emblem, Toronto/Milton Airport with no bilingual signs with directions, guidance, information and instruction. Likewise Montreal’s Dorval Airport. Or Canada Steamship Lines. I could go on and on and o, but that might prove to be another classic case of casting pearls before swine. No matter how you dress up that piggie with the brown envelope in it’s snout.

    tj

    M.G.D.C., A.I.G.A.

    BTW: For the curious among you: Those last few letters after my name represent my thirty-two years as a Member of Graphic Designers of Canada, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The Creation, Design, production and application/implementation of corporate image/logo management manuals – all have been welcome sources of income for me, over the past 44 years.

    t.e.& o.e.

  • James

    I remember how the Grits did it in Ridings, using public servants with expensive displays and yes, psuedo cheques, sending Gov’t Ministers into Opposition Ridings to preside over anything they thought they could get away with. Remember former Parliamentary restaurant waiter Don Boudria? He spent more time in Cheryl Gallant’s Riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke then he did in his own. Guess that’s why he is out of politics.

  • maplestar

    If we have fancy signs intended to tell us what the money is being spent on, though, then those steps shouldn't be necessary. If the signs don't give the information, then aren't they just partisan promotional spending every bit as “evil” as the sponsorship program?

  • m123T

    Travelling with a handicapped person, the first thing we look for are handicap signs, then we check out the facilities, before unloading our g/son.
    Those signs can be misleading, yes, you can get in the door, but bathrooms are a different problem. Things are changing for the better as attention is brought to management re the problems.
    Same goes for hotel rooms, not very accessible for the disabled. As Rick Mercer said, Rick Hansen has been in inaccessible bathrooms in 38 countries.

  • maplestar

    If we have fancy signs intended to tell us what the money is being spent on, though, then those steps shouldn't be necessary. If the signs don't give the information, then aren't they just partisan promotional spending every bit as “evil” as the sponsorship program?

  • m123T

    Travelling with a handicapped person, the first thing we look for are handicap signs, then we check out the facilities, before unloading our g/son.
    Those signs can be misleading, yes, you can get in the door, but bathrooms are a different problem. Things are changing for the better as attention is brought to management re the problems.
    Same goes for hotel rooms, not very accessible for the disabled. As Rick Mercer said, Rick Hansen has been in inaccessible bathrooms in 38 countries.