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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chantal Hébert , "Jobs vanish, PM smiles for cameras," Toronto Star, February 11, 2009.

[The Ministry of Truth is on vacation. -jlt]

Since the reopening of the House of Commons last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not delivered a single comprehensive speech on the economy, on or off Parliament Hill.

The last speech currently listed on his website is titled: The Prime Minister celebrates the Year of the Ox. It was delivered at a Toronto Chinese New Year dinner on the weekend.

  All in all, over the past month, Harper has been engaged in the kind of glad-handing work that previous governments used to delegate to regional or junior ministers. Meanwhile, the job of responding to Friday's catastrophic job numbers was left to a parliamentary secretary until yesterday.

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