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Here’s the latest leftwing click-bait from the Huffington Post on offer today,

Stephen Harper’s Wireless Petition Probably Just Trolling For Your Personal Data

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants you to know he’s on your side in the epic battle of consumers against Big Telecom’s big wireless bills.
 
Or maybe it’s the Conservative Party trying to get your name and email address, so they can spam you with political ads.
 
Either way, a post appeared on Harper’s Facebook page Wednesday linking to a Conservative Party petition called “Standing Up For Wireless Consumers.”
 
The Facebook post urges people to “sign the petition if you believe Canadians will benefit from more choice and greater competition among wireless providers.”

Oh, is that so? Here’s Marc Garneau’s Liberal Party data-collection petition on Usage Based Billing. Huffington Post stories about the Liberal Party’s creepy data collection efforts? 0.

And here’s an NDP petition (data collection website) against extra fees on cellphone bills. Huffington Post cynicism about political outreach by the NDP? Non-existent.

I tried to find a Green Party petition on wireless usage, but my wifi signal gave out.

Here, Huffington Post writes about Avaaz’s data-collection website for collecting the email addresses of Sun News haters. As a cynical news story about the political process of issue identification and data collection? No! It was written as a news story about the critiques of Sun News.

There is a trend among Ottawa journalists to write about the political processes as if they were recently unearthed from some dank pit from behind Karl Rove’s creepy house (the one with the unhinged screen door that has the tear). These tried-and-true political tactics are repackaged to ignorant readers in an alarm-raising tone.

BREAKING NEWS! Did you know that Conservatives do GOTV?

BREAKING NEWS! Did you know that Conservatives keep a database of their supporters?

BREAKING NEWS! Did you know that Conservatives call people to identify their levels of support?

BREAKING NEWS! Conservatives use American-style robocalls!

BREAKING NEWS! Did you know that Conservatives use social advertising on segments to test messaging?

BREAKING NEWS! Did you know that Conservatives use petitions to do issue identification?

BREAKING NEWS! Any political party that hopes to win an election in the modern era will do all of the above.

BREAKING NEWS! Obama does it too? Well, nevermind then. He’s doing the best he can.

  • kenn2

    Hmmm. All 3 forms do look similar. Let’s dig in…

    - Marc Garneau is asking you to sign a petition (here) specifically for presentation to the CRTC

    - the NDP are also asking you to sign a petition, whose content is above the form

    - and the Cons…would like you to “stand with them”. No petition, nothing binding, not even a link to the legislation they’re boasting about. So, what exactly are you signing up for? Stephen, any hints?

    Also, the Libs and the NDP provided opt-in checkboxes for permitting future contact. CPC? Nope.

    Seriously – yes of course all political parties gather voter information, but the linked CPC piece is a fuzzy, feel-good, policy-free signup whose net effect is to produce happy stats and fatten the mailing list. Hands-up, who’d like a pony?

    “sign the petition if you believe Canadians will benefit from more choice and greater competition among wireless providers.”

    …what petition?

    For the record, I think the government policy re wireless carriers is going in the right direction.

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

    A pledge form is a less passionate form of data collection.

  • Mrs. Sparkle Pants

    Thanks for the link to to the Harper Petition I signed it.