Spokeswoman misspeaks

Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Gordon O’Connor, has been in the hot seat all week over allegations of torture in Afghanistan. Ottawa is rife with speculation that O’Connor will have to resign.

Canoe.ca reports,

That kind of speculation led to a stern note from his spokeswoman:

“If any of you give credit to the rumour that MND (minister of national defence) will resign, will look studip (sic). It is not true he will NOT resign.”

Studip? And how do you like that double negative, “It is not true he will NOT resign”? Canoe.ca says, “Now we’re confudes.”

You’d think a spokeswoman would have communications skills, wouldn’t you? I wonder whether she earns as much as Stephen Harper’s psychic hairdresser?

[hat tip, Paul Wells]


9 thoughts on “Spokeswoman misspeaks

  1. Absolutely delightful. Love it when an entity like Canoe.ca can turn such a delightfully misspoken phrase into a fantastically healthy belly laugh.

    Apparently the tories are not wasting unnecessary public funds on expensive, highly trained “spokespersons”. Maybe they just receive minimum wage rates.

    Hmmmm. (1) An incomplete or ungrammatical sentence structure; (2) a misspelled word and (3) a double negative. Unassisted triple plays seem to be in the news once more.

  2. Congratulations on catching all three errors, 49er. If you feel like moving to Canada, I believe you’re qualified to become the Minister of National Defence’s new spokesperson.

    Would you work for minimum wage?

  3. Do I detect a note of Sarcasm? I hope so. (-:

    The average Canadian family earned $63,000 in 2006, with nearly 45 per cent of that going to taxes.

    In the US while incomes are more varied taxes are only 38 percent of income for the typical family.

    Last week gas went as high as 110 a litre or $4.16 a Gallon in Ottawa.

    On taxes and Gas you folks have us beat.

  4. Poor thing. Her righteous huffiness lost its edge as soon as she started typing.

    Bill, don’t forget to include US health care insurance costs when calculating American taxes. Those are accounted for in our taxes; they’re not in their taxes. And it’s a big chunk.

  5. talk talk talk

    Your right, but there are a lot of considerations even in regards to health care.

    15.2 percent of Americans don’t have health insurance and 26.6 percent have some form of Government health care.

    A middle-class American family spends about a fifth of their income on health care, or 20 % based on two persons or 10% per person and added to our 38% we get 48% total burden based on Taxes and Health insurance. So they pay 3% more taxes than we do on average.

    That said American insurance companies often offer more coverage than our government plan, as most cover some percentage of drug costs.

    In conclusion we are about equal in total burden based on Taxes and Health insurance.

    However the average American family income is only $50,000 over $10,000 less than that of a Canadian family.

    So 49erdweet you are just going to have to move here (-:

    One depressing fact I came across in this was the average Native American family income is $14,000, $36,000 less than their fellow Americans.

  6. One more fact the average family income for a native family in Canada is $22,500. $41,500 less than thier fellow Canadians.

  7. You should do a comparison between the average incomes for Native American families living off versus on their reservations. I can’t help thinking quite a few somehow make the choice to stay ‘poor’ out in the boonies instead of living/working/etc. with their brothers and others in the cities, earning what seems to be more like “normal” wages – where the jobs are. But I could be wrong.

    Do Canadians earn as much “off the books” as do Yanks? The underground economy?

    And I firmly believe what appears to be generally lower family incomes in the US is very likely reflective of the hit we are taking from the illegal immigration issue, and the propensity for third world wage earners to accept grossly lower wages for similar work. Trust me. It is a highly visible issue in at least 30 of the 50 states – including some of the heaviest in population density.

    Sorry to hear your gas price has climbed, too. Paid $3.33 today and griped no end, but from what you say I guess I should be happy.


  8. I agree many might want to stay on reservations but that should not be a ticket to poverty. It is possible to live on reserve and work off it.

    But even if you choose to live and work on the reserve there should be some means to live up to the economic standards of the nation.

    The problem with reservations in Canada is that as the land is not owned by the native population individuals they can’t use it when applying for small business loans and such so economic development on reserves is almost impossible, without some creative policy that allow entrepreneurs to start up with little capital.

    However that is changing I have visited a couple reserves where the community is beginning to turn around economically but there is a long way to go.

    I began my public service career working as a student at the Dept of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) it was a bit of an eye opener.

    Your comment opens up a few issues we might want to explore.

    I will work on a longer post on this topic when I have the time it deserves.

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