You'd think we'd be used to it by now.
Virtually every "new" initiative announced by the Harper government gets rolled out 2 or 3 times. Often over several months. Amazingly they usually get reported 2 or 3 times as well. Sometimes by the same reporter who must wonder why his/her editor is sending them to cover the same old story again and again.
You have to give the PMO's Department of Deception and Deceit credit. Who knew you could get so much bang from the same buck.
The reality is however that many of these announcements are just that. A media hit. The money is never really spent. The projects are canceled. And Canadians forget.
The difference is that when they scrap the program they spent so much energy to promote. They do it quietly.
The latest one of these comes three years less a day after Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood there, all puffed up beside Bill Gates and promised $111-million which would be used in the search for an AIDS vaccine. Bill was putting up $28 million
The Harper government has scrapped the program and now says the manufacturing plant isn't needed anymore and that the Canadian researchers weren't up to the task anyway.
Don't look for little Stevie's face anywhere near the latest announcement however. That was quietly posted on the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative website. No sign of Bill Gates either and the link to his foundation on the CHVI website has been disabled.
Ok Canada, tell me please. Why do we put up with this?