“A flashy government website plastered with photos of Prime Minister Stephen Harper was approved even though it violates federal rules.
According to federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press, bureaucrats advised that the Economic Action Plan website didn’t meet rules – and didn’t merit an exemption from those rules.
However, the website was given the green light anyway by then-Treasury Board president Vic Toews.
He justified it by writing that the rules – which only came into effect in 2009 – were going to be changed at some future date.
The rules set standards for government websites to ensure they are credible, technically accessible, uniform and non-partisan.
More than a year after the exemption, the rules remain in place – as does the website.“
When Stephen Harper said “I make the rules” during a photo-op, he was serious. The Conservative Party of Canada’s sense of entitlement and “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality isn’t really surprising after 5 years. Stephen Harper Conservatives don’t care about election spending rules, access to information request laws, treating taxpayer dollars with respect or the will of parliament, why would rules regulating government websites be exempt from their contempt?