There’s a great article in the Globe and Mail about the Conservative government’s message-control mania. It should be mandatory reading for anyone considering voting for these terrible, scary people. An excerpt:

Although centralized control of messaging has been a growing feature of federal governments – indeed, governments in many democracies – nothing in Canada has come close to the attention, time and effort the Harper government puts into managing and manipulating information and image-making.

Every message from anyone, be it a minister or civil servant, has to be vetted by the Prime Minister’s Office and, astonishingly, quite often by the Prime Minister himself.

You can read more here. You should.