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Radio ads poke fun at Harper government to raise awareness of the impact of government science cuts and muzzling
Ottawa, Sept. 3, 2015 – The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has jumped into the third-party advertising fray for the current federal election campaign with the release of two radio ads aimed at drawing attention to the concerns of its science and other members and the impact current government policy has on Canadians.
The ads poke fun at the Harper government’s record of excessive control and wilful ignorance while highlighting the very serious issues of ongoing cuts to government science, the muzzling of federal scientists and their impacts on public health, safety and the environment.
One ad features a new recruit to the Prime Minister’s Office being instructed on how to make evidence fit the PMO’s purposes by muzzling scientists, cutting research, and ignoring what the PMO doesn’t want to hear. The other portrays a Harper government official humming and singing loudly in an attempt to drown out evidence the government doesn’t want to hear.
“We want to encourage our members and all Canadians to vote for change on October 19, and we hope these ads help make that happen,” said PIPSC President Debi Daviau.
PIPSC represents approximately 55,000 public professionals across the country, including some 15,000 federal government scientists.
For further information:
Johanne Fillion, 613-228-6310 extension 2303 or 613-883-4900 (cell)