September 28, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: ATIP docs reveal public servants’ “irritation” at PMO’s “weird” tweets about “spirit animals,” more

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

When it comes to making something out of nothing, the Government of Canada is a clear winner.

After an August post from the @Canada Twitter account was deemed to be “insensitive,” the tweet was deleted—and 21 pages worth of emails between government staffers across numerous departments were written to deal with the fallout, which was measured at 52 “negative mentions.”

The tweet published on World Lion Day said, “We think the lion is Canada’s spirit animal,” citing the majestic animal’s presence in the country’s Coat of Arms.

Before the tweet was deleted, an email, obtained by The Rebel under Access to Information, was sent from Aboriginal Affairs Communications Director Carolyn Campbell to three communications staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office—Kate Purchase, Zita Astravas and Annie St-Onge, asking for the tweet to be “changed/taken down” because of “concern of appropriation of Indigenous spirituality.”

The @Canada Twitter account is not a PMO-driven account, but rather one managed by public servants in the Global Affairs department.

Not long after the email, the tweet was gone.

One communications staffer in Global Affairs Canada—a bureaucrat, not a political aide—said that the @Canada account “continues to serve as an irritant” and that he is “not entirely convinced” that the account even serves a purpose. That same man also expressed exasperation at having to spend a day dealing with fallout from a single tweet.

Another line he emailed to colleagues reinforces the idea that the PMO is taking too hands-on an approach with the public service.

“I’m certainly not going to go to bat at PMO on this one,” he wrote.

So much for an independent public service, right?

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commented 2016-09-29 15:58:57 -0400
Totally understandable.
After all, little Justin’s mother had a spirit animal – I saw a picture of it once.
commented 2016-09-29 07:25:35 -0400
CUCK Trudeau transferring Canada into CUCK-land one stupid move at a time.
commented 2016-09-29 00:29:09 -0400
I can just see a native wondering what part of their culture was being appropriated?
commented 2016-09-28 22:43:27 -0400
Ah, news flash: Lions are native to Africa and therefore cannot be an appropriation of the native culture of North America..
commented 2016-09-28 20:54:02 -0400
Some social justice wanker in a sub department thought he’d get brownie points for pointing out this inappropriate “culture appropriation” of indigenous culture – a minor insanity which brings giggles from us culturally well adjusted individuals

Personally I think the whole culture appropriation policing clusterfrig will die when western culture takes back the English language, money, welfare and indoor toilets back from those who hve culturally misappropriated them.
commented 2016-09-28 17:35:05 -0400
Our tax dollars at work. What a total waste of time and effort.
Should have just said, “sorry, bad tweet”, and moved on.
commented 2016-09-28 17:14:36 -0400
When did the Canadian Indigenous obtain a monopoly on spirit animals and who can claim them?
commented 2016-09-28 17:07:42 -0400
Harper was right! We could cut the public service by half and not interrupt the government at all.
commented 2016-09-28 17:05:00 -0400
ps. I don’t really care.
commented 2016-09-28 17:03:32 -0400
Reading thru the email chain, I did notice that Audrey Mechaud’s reply on Aug 12 stated the audience averages 527 people. If that’s true, I question why we have people doing it. Either only .001% of the population actually cares OR we have really poor people creating content OR both.
commented 2016-09-28 15:25:33 -0400
commented 2016-09-28 15:10:04 -0400
The liberals continue on their quest to turn this country into a mass of lily-livered zombies. Eventually the people will protest….but will it be to late???
commented 2016-09-28 14:53:46 -0400
Our tax dollars at work. Great to see so many bureaucrats engaged in such useful endeavours.