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David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa South

McGuinty’s private member’s bill targets federal partisan advertising

Posted on May 29, 2015

Partisan advertising has no place in the federal government, according to the Ottawa South Liberal MP whose private member’s bill, which would ban the practice and create an independent oversight commissioner, is scheduled for second reading in the House of Commons on June 1.

Ads like the YouTube video that Minister of Employment and Social Development, Nepean-Carleton Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre produced to promote the government’s Universal Child Care Benefit are a prime example of advertising that promotes the Conservative party, said David McGuinty.

“When I first saw the video I was very, very disappointed because it indicated to me how far Mr. Harper’s government has fallen in terms of their respect for taxpayer dollars,” he said of what he called a “vanity video.”

“I did not think it could fall any lower in terms of using public resources to enhance their brand – the Conservative party brand – in Canadian society.”

You can read the full article here.

Via Rail siding construction catches residents off-guard

Posted on May 29, 2015

Riverside Park residents whose homes back onto a Via Rail line where a side track is now being built are calling on the Crown corporation to put the breaks on the project until their questions are answered.

McGuinty said Via never presented its 132-point action plan to him, Brockington or residents.

“This does not exactly constitute, in my view, proper outreach and consultation,” he said. “It hasn’t exactly fostered a sense of trust with the community.”

When asked if he agrees with residents that construction of the siding be stopped, McGuinty said he’s more interested in getting answers to the questions they have raised.

Since the meeting, he has spoken to Via, urging reps to provide more clarity and transparency, particularly about locations that were considered for the siding project.

“We need some answers immediately; why this location, what is the engineering around this,” McGuinty said.

You can read the full article here.

Public servants shouldn’t have been OK with helping Pierre Poilievre make his promo video: expert

Posted on May 21, 2015

Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre’s taxpayer-funded video to promote the Conservatives’ universal childcare benefit shows the traditional line between politics and the public service is a “no man’s land” where there are no rules, says a leading public administration expert.

Liberal MP David McGuinty argued that Privy Council Clerk Janice Charette, who heads the public service, should justify how public servants could work on what he called Poilievre’s “taxpayer-funded vanity video.”

You can read the full article here.

Taxpayer-supported ad on-message with Conservative themes

Posted on May 19, 2015

When focus groups rounded up by the federal government viewed a recent Finance Department test ad promoting tax benefits, they found it short on detail. But […]

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Poilievre paid public servants overtime to help film promotional video

Posted on May 15, 2015

Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre commissioned a team of public servants for overtime work on a Sunday to film him glad-handing constituents in promotion of the Conservative […]

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101st Ottawa Cub Pack visits David McGuinty on Parliament Hill

Posted on April 30, 2015

On April 28, 2015, David McGuinty welcomed the 101st Ottawa Cub Pack to Parliament Hill for a Question and Answer session and tour of Centre Block. […]

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National Post View: You paid for these ads

Posted on April 29, 2015

To judge by their actions, the federal Conservatives are greatly concerned that some Canadians, somewhere, might be left uninformed about government spending on programs and projects […]

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Tory Government To Spend Millions Advertising Child Care Benefit Passed Last Year

Posted on April 28, 2015

The Conservative government is spending $3.5 million this year to advertise a child care benefit that was passed last year but is central to the Conservatives’ […]

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Government spending $13.5-million in ad blitz in April and May

Posted on April 28, 2015

The Conservative government has booked $13.5-million for an all-out, co-ordinated blitz in April and May to advertise its 2015 pre-election budget. The push, detailed in internal […]

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Liberal Opposition Day motion calls for end to wasteful spending on partisan government ads

Posted on April 27, 2015

Liberals today will push the House of Commons to take immediate action to end the wasteful use of Canadians’ tax dollars on partisan government advertising. “Canadians […]

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