#Harper’s ‘Pigs at the Trough’ II: #Fantino vs #Canada’s #Veterans #Censored? #cdnpoli #pnpcbc

Is this a case of subversive censorship and/or social media manipulation by the Harper Regime targeting our Veterans? Please invest a few minutes to review, share and provide some feedback below. This is follow-up to “#Harper’s ‘Pigs at the Trough’ II: #Fantino vs #Canada’s #Veterans #cdnpoli via #pnpcbc Part 1” of the the must see and share Breaking News press conference that aired during CBC’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

A missing comment was brought to our attention yesterday evening by one of our Vet’s that posted the comment so we began our quest for clues and to rectify the situation. We replied to the inquiry then retrieved the missing comment from our archives and posted it along with a short statement. When we followed up this morning something was definitely amiss and this “issue” may be more troubling than originally thought as it now seems as if the comments are being displayed differently depending on “who” is viewing them and whether or not the user is logged in.

This summary contains 6 screenshots of the same video that was previously uploaded to our channel from a few vantage points. Two of the screengrabs were taken when logged into the channel, one is from the channel summary page and the other is from the video page itself. The third screengrab is from the vantage point of a non-logged in user and the other two are from different users vantage points.

#Harper’s ‘Pigs at the Trough’ II: #Fantino vs #Canada’s #Veterans #cdnpoli via #pnpcbc Part 1 Screengrabs

Below is the comment in question that may, or may not, be visible:


Weeks before my retirement my friend from 3 RCR Petawawa, Cpl Mathew Cossette committed suicide related to mental health issues. 3 days after my retirement another friend from the same unit, WO Mike McNeil committed suicide and I find myself at times overwhelmed by this loss.

These were some of Canada’s best and I was privileged to witness them at their best. This overall view toward the troops by our federal gov’t is what I will remember upon my retirement.

Today I was offered an option to cash out on the pension that I earned and I must say that the offer was a slap in the face to add to these recent current events. I was stunned that my pension was held back by three weeks from previously committed finalization and then a very poor used car sales pitch was offered. I would be willing to discuss this in detail with anyone that would like to hear about this.

As I connect the dots, it appears that the federal gov’t is forcing austerity measures on DND to pay for the F-35’s that we have not heard about in a very long time

#Harper’s ‘Pigs at the Trough’ II: #Fantino vs #Canada’s #Veterans #cdnpoli via #pnpcbc Playlist

Below we have provided a web-accessible video playlist regarding the issue regarding the disrespected Veterans who were in Ottawa to fight ongoing service cuts by the Harper Government and lobby against the closing of their regional offices. After waiting all day, Canada’s Veterans left an emotional meeting feeling betrayed Tuesday, after being cut short and virtually ignored by Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.



It is worth noting that the closeted Minster of Foreign Endeavours John Baird, just returned from a pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to meet with the “experts” at g**gle and tw*tter to seek help and discuss how the Regime can best use social media to manipulate propaganda globally.

Baird seeks help from Google, Twitter on how diplomats can promote agenda on social media
Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 7, 2014 12:41PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 3:21PM EST

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is encouraging Canadian diplomats to experiment with social media to promote democratic freedom and trade across the globe.

The plan could represent a loosening of the communications leash the Harper government has placed on foreign diplomats as part of its centralized communications strategy.

Baird announced the initiative Friday in northern California as he visited the Silicon Valley headquarters of Internet search giant Google and of Twitter, where he is seeking advice on how to better use social media tools to advance Canadian foreign policy.

“Diplomacy may never live up to the Silicon Valley mantra of ‘move fast and break things,’ for various reasons. But in the environment of instant communication and social media, we do have to move faster and not be afraid to try new things or to make mistakes,” Baird said.

Baird encouraged diplomats to take risks on social media to reach “civic actors” who can bring about political change in their countries.

“It basically is a message to all of our diplomats, a word of encouragement to be innovative, even if it means there are risks,” said a senior government official who was not authorized to speak on the record.

After coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government imposed strict communication controls on is diplomats, including ambassadors and high commissioners, requiring them to clear major public events through the Privy Council Office in Ottawa.

The Canadian Press reported this week that bureaucrats at Industry Canada must run each proposed tweet through a 12-step protocol, and seek the approval of the minister’s office.

However, the senior government official said diplomats abroad would have more local control, saying, “each mission is ultimately responsible for their own Twitter/Facebook and other social media tools.”

Canada has lagged far behind its two closest allies, the United States and Britain, in digital diplomacy so Friday’s announcement was a welcome development, said Roland Paris, director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Paris said in a blog post that the Americans and British have accepted that their diplomats need the freedom to communicate, and make mistakes, because that’s “the price of getting their voices heard in new media, which are increasingly shaping and driving events.”

It remains to be seen whether Baird gives Canadian diplomats the leeway they need to be effective digital diplomats, he said.

“Relations between Canada’s foreign service and the minister’s office have been strained for years. Neither side fully trusts, respects, or even understands the other. In this climate, Baird’s avowed willingness to let Canadian diplomats take chances and make mistakes will need to be demonstrated, not just stated,” said Paris.

Paris said it is not clear whether “the youthful apparatchiks in the Prime Minister’s Office who control the government’s communications will look kindly on such experiments, regardless of what Baird might want in his department.”

Baird said the Internet is an incredible tool that is “creating space for open dialogue, giving voice to the voiceless and expanding human rights” and he says Canadian foreign service needs to embrace it.

“The fast and free exchange of information is changing the nature of diplomacy and foreign affairs, just as it is changing industries,” the minister said.

“The closed world of demarches, summits and diplomatic dinners is no longer sufficient to project our values and interests.”

The government has already launched initiatives in missions in Tunisia, Ukraine and Egypt but wants to expand, officials say.

The initiative builds on an earlier democracy-building partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto that helps ordinary Iranians share information over the Internet that their government deems off limits.

Baird said social media and “big-data analytics” can allow diplomats to engage in directly with key actors, while social-media mapping exercises by the Foreign Affairs Department “have helped us to reach out to civic actors who seek to bring about positive social and political change in the countries they live in.”

A Foreign Affairs document, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the department has launched 60 new Twitter and 50 new Facebook accounts since June 2013. Most are in embassies and some are in being used by the department’s new Office of Religious Freedom to broadcast Canadian positions in places such as Ukraine and Egypt.

Foreign Affairs is also using YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr and Foursquare, it says.

In particular, LinkedIn has been used more in recent years by Canadian trade commissioners in foreign missions “to improve their ability to connect Canadian businesses with potential partners in foreign markets.”

The new social-media strategy also appears to dovetail with another major foreign policy announcement last November.

Trade Minister Ed Fast announced that “economic diplomacy” would be the central focus for Canada’s foreign service.

The initiative is part of Canada’s broader strategy to improve trade and investment performance in emerging markets.

The government and the Bank of Canada have identified that as essential to the country’s prosperity.

source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/baird-seeks-help-from-google-twitter-on-how-diplomats-can-promote-agenda-on-social-media-1.1675460

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