Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mission Bungled

If you ever wondered what it would look like to see a PMO so incompetent it would make the Bush White House team look on the ball, your questions have been answered.

In another of his not so subtle aping of the Bush era, Harper has been putting on his own Mission Accomplished routine in the North.

The Prime Minister's gray military Airbus touched down at this Baffin Island town shortly after 7 p.m. after flying over icy Arctic waters dotted with icebergs. ...

The discussion of economic development will only be a side show to the military exercise taking place in Frobisher Bay, where a Canadian navy frigate and submarine will conduct an anti-submarine drill.

Canadian Rangers, a reserve force of northerners, will also practise an amphibious assault near Iqaluit.

Harper will observe the exercise.

Don Martin: Stephen Harper's Arctic strategy is melting

On Wednesday, Harper will preside over another annual fixture of questionable value as the military conducts Operation Nanook with 700 soldiers, an icebreaker and one of our rarely-operational Victoria-class submarines engaged in a make-believe show of coastal defence.

Never mind that both the Bush exercise and Harper's pale copy are straight from Day 1 of the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will,
what does it say about our would be Fuhrer that they flub it up?

PMO Iqaluit gaffe draws smiles, frowns

An unfortunate blunder by the Prime Minister's Office has residents of Nunavut alternately chuckling and cringing.A news release sent out Monday outlined Prime Minister Stephen Harper's itinerary as he began a five-day tour of the North.The release repeatedly spelled the capital of Nunavut as Iqualuit -- rather than Iqaluit.

The extra "u" makes a world of difference in the Inuktitut language.

Iqaluit, properly spelled, means "many fish."

Spelled with an extra "u," the Nunavut language commissioner's office says the word translates as a derogatory reference to "people with unwiped bums."

Bloggers from Iqaluit were quickly online ridiculing the gaffe -- some light-hearted, some angry.

Iqaluit was named capital of Nunavut when the territory was created in 1999.

A news release today from the PMO spells Iqaluit correctly.

At least Rove made sure the spelling on the banner was correct.

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