In their ongoing quest to expand their bloated mandate into uncharted territory, waste your money, and poorly replicate services already perfected in the private sector, the Government of Canada is creating a mobile weather app for Smartphones and other devices.
This app was the brainchild of Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, who told the CBC:
We're really excited. It's clear Canadians care greatly about weather. They care about good weather. They care about bad weather ...So I just thought it was important to go where people are at. People are using apps. That's a great way to get updated information, targeted information for your community.
The Weather Network and a gazillion other apps already take Environment Canada weather information and use it in their apps, so why make a new one, using the same data sets, ten years late to the weather app game?
McKenna tipped her hand and told us exactly why Environment Canada is getting into the mobile apps biz in her comments to the CBC when she said the app will alert Canadians about severe weather events near their homes, and offer information about climate change.
McKenna is using government resources to make an app that re-enforces Liberal climate change policy narratives.