Staging publicity stunts in the midst of a crisis?


Staging publicity stunts in the midst of a crisis?


Suddenly, last night, they were told the Prime Minister would be visiting and that Canadians — any Canadians — would have to be brought to the port of Larnaca, Cyprus. They made an urgent request to the British government, which had been taking Britons on large naval vessels with military escorts to the western city of Limassol, to allow 120 Canadians to board one of the ships so that there would be some available to greet the Prime Minister and ride home on his Airbus jet.

One government official in Ottawa, who asked to remain unidentified, expressed concern that Mr. Harper’s decision to fly to Cyprus to offer up the services of the government jet might be perceived by Canadians as a publicity stunt. The government could have sent one of its Challenger jets to Paris to pick up the Prime Minister and his staff, the source said, freeing up more room on the Airbus.

From the Globe

Staging publicity stunts in the midst of the crisis?

  1. #1 by Rob Kroeker on July 20, 2006 - 1:23 pm

    Maybe publicity – or maybe Harper personally wanted to be involved in the whole evacuation. Kinda like the rich north american christian who wants to be involved in an over seas orphanage and flies over there. sure, it would be better use of money just to give them straight cash, but maybe Harper wants to actually be there.

  2. #2 by Keith on July 20, 2006 - 8:08 pm

    well he did just sink a boatload of funds into the Canadian military, which hasn’t happened in a long time. Maybe he is using to get some limelight but at least it shows he even cares enough to be there. What I can’t understand is all the complainers out there, who were unsatisfied with the “services” they recieved/are recieving in regards to evacuating the country… they should be greatful… all I’m saying is I’d be happy just knowing that anyone was doing anything to get me to safety. I really wish that the evacuation could be more prompt for the people’s (not just Canadian Citezens but anyone who doesn’t want to be there in Lebanon right now) sake but who really knows all the reasons it’s taking the time it’s taking. say thanks or don’t but don’t hate the people trying to help you.

  3. #3 by Bene D on July 21, 2006 - 4:29 am

    …they should be grateful…don’t hate the people trying to help you…huh?

    If you are in a war zone, frantic to get out, almost get there and find more chaos, disorganization, separation and fear, and you are H.A.L.T.; (hungry, angry, lonely, tired); you might complain, yell, demand, it’s a fear response for some people.

    ‘They’ hold Canadian passports, it is the governments responsibility to respond to that passport, not to expect boot kissing.

    As an individual – if someone isn’t grateful for something you do for them, you can make a decision to tell them they ‘should’ be if you want to.

    If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, and you do things for others expecting ‘their’ thank you – you have your reward.

    ‘They’ could just have well as been you.

    Harper can’t win. It will be seen as a lot of things; a publicity stunt, it will be seen a vote getting, wasting tax dollars, making up for looking too cozy with Bush’s ideology or boosting his popularity.

    I’m cynical and see it basically as a publicity stunt – a clever one. If 100 people get out because of his decision – with the obligatory photo op, it’s 100 more people than might have.

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