Here at Incoming Bytes we could not believe that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had initiated, encouraged, or allowed documentation from the Government of Canada to be "branded" as being from the "Harper Government". Really! Are we being just a tad egotistical? Does that mean we have the "Obama Government" next door? Was there any discussion on the subject, public input, or warning in advance? No. Did we hold a referendum to approve that re-branding? No.
Let us look at this logically. This will take a LOT of thinking:
30 Million Canadians support the Government of Canada. End of story.
We have no interest in supporting a "Harper Government", an "Ignatieff Government, a "Layton Government", and may God rescue us from a "Duceppe" government. The Government of Canada is not private property, and NO government in Canada is privately owned in any forum, private OR public . To name a government or brand it privately, to believe it is private and exclusive, or to believe it should be, seems more than totally arrogant and is clearly a "let us lock our politicians up quickly" moment in Ottawa. The fact is, WE OBJECT.
Why? At last observation, 30 million Canadians were fully cognizant of the fact that the Government of Canada was under minority control of the Conservative Party of Canada, with the Opposition parties being the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada, and the thorn-in-the-side Bloc Quebecois, which , we will again remind our Government of Canada, has no business being in Canada's House of Commons simply because it does not run candidates or offer representation of any kind to Canadians outside of the Province of Quebec.
Back to branding. When big ego and "Naming a government after me " becomes more important than good governance, it is seriously time to look at making changes in Ottawa.
That decision was a big mistake. Over the years, Government(S) of Canada have made OTHER LARGE, EXPENSIVE mistakes, such as ADscam and the useless Billion-Dollar Long gun registry, and "Fake Lakes", and the Billion-dollar G-20 Summit Security Overkill Fiasco.
Have politicians forgotten what the mandate of a REAL government IS ? The ONLY genuine mandate of government is to do collectively for the people what we as individuals cannot do for ourselves, and to provide one voice in leadership, --at least until that leadership is corrupted and deteriorated with arrogance and foolishness.
All governments become arrogant, but when arrogance is combined with more breaking of the rules, such as altering documentation at will, using "In-Out" funds contrary to Election Canada rules, and using public office to offend the"very ethnic" riding electorate-- " the Government of Canada " becomes a HUGE collective liability that may well drive a well-earned wooden stake through the heart of the Conservative Party of Canada, -- Ironically, --a political party that MAY have more easily won a majority election without such blatantly foolish and thereby seemingly intentional gaffes.
(As an individual, I half-expected that kind of convoluted self-aggrandizement from the late P.E. Trudeau, and "today's Iggy" both self-styled intellects, or perhaps from Gilles the whiner, but not from our distinguished, seemingly logical, elected leader.
I am disappointed to see these developments, because relatively speaking, our "economy" is doing well, globally. The Government of Canada has made some good decisions, and some mistakes.)
We believe Re-branding the Government of Canada is one offensive mistake that Canadians will object to strenuously.
Hm......I bet Jean Chretien is mad as hell he didn't think of it first.