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Veterans Affairs Canada spent $100,000 on promoted tweets: documents

OTTAWA – The department of Veterans Affairs spent more than $100, 000 promoting its tweets on Twitter last year, newly released documents show.

The money, which came from advertising funds allocated by the Privy Council Office, was mostly geared towards promoting Remembrance Day in 2013.

A “promoted tweet” is a tweet an organization pays to promote specific topics on the 140-character social media site.

Since 2012, the government has spent a total of $456, 324 in advertising money on tweets, the documents show.

Veterans Affairs spent $103, 694 on promoted tweets during fiscal 2013-14 year, which ended March 25 of this year.

About 85 per cent of the money, $88, 194, was used to promote tweets for last year’s Remembrance Day. The rest, $15, 500, was spent on advertising services to veterans.

RT @CanadianArmy: Join us in honouring and remembering those who have served and sacrificed. #ShowYouRemember —
Veterans Affairs CA (@VeteransENG_CA)

The government paid the standard rates for Twitter ad space, the documents say. The cost relates to the number of impressions a conversation nets on the site.

“It’s unconscionable, ” said Blais. “It seems excessive at this point in time to spend $100, 000 tweeting anything.”

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“It clearly demonstrates where this government’s priorities are and it’s not on services for veterans, ” he added.

Liberal veterans affairs critic Frank Valeriote said the tweets are more about government self-promotion than services for veterans.

“It’s just wrong, ” he said. “Veterans everywhere are saying, ‘Please, provide proper funding for our programs.’”

A spokesman for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino defended the practice as a way to reach a younger generation.

“As more and more Canadians turn to social media instead of traditional TV and radio, it is important that they, too, see and hear the remarkable stories of Canadian veterans, ” Nicholas Bergamini said in an email.

He said 90 per cent of the departmental budget now goes directly to services.

When asked about the tweets before Question Period Tuesday, Fantino pointed to a binder and said, “I’m just going to read notes on it.”

NDP MP Peter Stoffer said it doesn’t matter if the money for the tweets came from an advertising budget and not the department itself, which has allocated less toward veterans’ services.

“I would assume you, like all other Canadians, would rather have that money spent on real veterans’ issues and not on advertising, tweeting or whatever it is that they do, ” he said.

Stoffer questioned the use of Twitter to reach out to veterans in the first place.

“People should be outside on Remembrance Day, ” he said.

“You don’t need to tweet, you just need to hug a veteran and thank them for their service and thank their families and thank the current military. Buy them a drink, for God’s sake.”

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If Memory serves me correct; Your "Quen Ceas" may be a Metis Indian (back then commonly called a Halfbreed) [no offense meant] . many around the Red River were half french and half Indian. Much intermarriage or cohabitation.
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Another interesting tidbit: many of these Metis signed away there Indian Status for what was called "SCRIPT"

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