Harper accused of shaping language for political ends

by Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail, 3 March 2011

They are just words. But they mean a lot in the sensitive world of international diplomacy. The Foreign Affairs department is engaged in a debate over changes to the language used in official documents that appear to have been mandated by the Conservative government.

Opposition MPs say the government is rejecting phrases that have become part of the lexicon of feminists and other activist organizations – to which the government responds that it has given no specific directive to dictate the language of diplomats. [...]


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