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How Harper controls the spin
By Bruce Campion-Smith, The Star, 26 May 2008
OTTAWA- In the 6th-floor office of a nondescript building sit the gatekeepers, the bureaucrats who decide what Canadians learn about the workings of their government.
Questions on the hot issues of the day all get funnelled through this office, the "communications and consultations" unit of the Privy Office, housed in the Blackburn building that fronts the Sparks St. pedestrian mall.
Throughout the government, it's known simply as "downtown", the place where decisions are made on who speaks on issues and what they say. In the Conservative government's clampdown on communications, this is Ground Zero. [...]
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Photo: Privy Council Office