Stefan Baranski

<stefan.baranski@gov.ab.ca>

Mar 6 (6 days ago)

Charles – How is this in any way partisan? You obviously have a very strange definition of the term. -Stefan
From: Mike Jenkinson Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 10:17 AM Subject: Charles Rusnell declares seniors bathing news release "partisan'

Charles Rusnell@charlesrusnell: Yet another partisan release under #abgov letterhead in which #pcaa party and #abgov become indivisible.ow.ly/iskUz #ableg 10:14am · 6 Mar 13 · HootSuite

CHARLES RUSNELL

<charles.rusnell@cbc.ca>

Mar 6 (6 days ago)

to Stefan Stefan - You're kidding right? This statement is apolitical?

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
This would never be allowed in Ottawa under federal rules. It's only allowed here because there are no rules, but then I expect you know that. cjr

CHARLES RUSNELL

<charles.rusnell@cbc.ca>

Mar 7 (5 days ago)

to Stefan

Stefan - I sent the release to Queens Prof. Jonathan Rose, who researches political comms. Clearly, my definition of political is accepted. What I don't understand is why you're doing it. It's so blatantly wrong. Here is his response.

Hi Charles Sorry for the delay. I was out of the office yesterday. The last paragraph is clearly partisan. It contributes nothing to help understand the continuing care policy and reinforces a party-centred message by talking about "our government being elected".

The problem with Alberta and the Public Affairs Bureau is that the culture and personnel are so deeply entrenched in the Alberta civil service that they don't see the obvious partisan hue to their messaging.

Thanks for forwarding. Cheers, Jonathan.

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