Call me a cynic, but I love it when I see this kind of thing…

A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister, in which the word “Iqaluit” is mispelled everywhere, in English and French:

Media Advisory
Date: August 17, 2009

For immediate release

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER’S

PUBLIC EVENTS

OTTAWA – Public events for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Tuesday, August 18th are:

Iqualuit, Nunavut

9:20 a.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a photo opportunity at the Arctic Winter Games Arena. He will be joined by Minister Leona Aglukkaq (Health).

Niaqunnqusiaq and Abe Okpik Iqualuit, NU X0A 0H0

*Photo opportunity only (cameras and photographers only)*

NOTES:

Media are required to present proper identification for accreditation.  

Media must use the south entrance of the arena.

Iqualuit, Nunavut

9:30 a.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an announcement at the Arctic Winter Games Arena. He will be joined by Minister Leona Aglukkaq (Health) and Minister Chuck Strahl (Indian and Northern Affairs).

Niaqunnqusiaq and Abe Okpik Iqualuit, NU X0A 0H0

NOTES:

Media are required to present proper identification for accreditation.  

Media must use the south entrance of the arena.

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PMO Press Office: (613) 957-5555 This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca

_________________________________________

Avis aux médias

Date : le 17 août 2009

Pour diffusion immédiate

ACTIVITÉS PUBLIQUES DU

PREMIER MINISTRE STEPHEN HARPER

OTTAWA – Les activités publiques du Premier ministre Stephen Harper le mardi 18 août sont les suivantes :

Iqualuit, Nunavut

9 h 20 – Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper participera à une séance de photos à l’aréna des Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique. Il sera accompagné de la ministre Leona Aglukkaq (Santé).

Niaqunnqusiaq et Abe Okpik Iqualuit (Nunavut)  X0A 0H0

*Séance de photos (caméras et photographes seulement)*

NOTES

Les représentants des médias sont priés de présenter une pièce d’identité pour se faire accréditer.

Les représentants des médias sont priés d’utiliser l’entrée située au sud de l’aréna.

Iqualuit, Nunavut

9 h 30 – Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper fera une annonce à l’aréna des Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique. Il sera accompagné de la ministre Leona Aglukkaq (Santé) et du ministre Chuck Strahl (Affaires indiennes et du Nord).

Niaqunnqusiaq et Abe Okpik Iqualuit (Nunavut)  X0A 0H0

NOTES

Les représentants des médias sont priés de présenter une pièce d’identité pour se faire accréditer.

Les représentants des médias sont priés d’utiliser l’entrée située au sud de l’aréna.

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15 Responses to Call me a cynic, but I love it when I see this kind of thing…

  1. Ohhh Oh… some one’s going to get fired… and then the other fellow who was supposed to check & proof the release… i would hope so anyway…

  2. Townie says:

    So would now be a good time to send my resume off to the Prime Minister’s Office?

  3. Megan says:

    YUCK. You don’t want to work there.

  4. Kent says:

    At least they used the most common mis-spelling…. the one that Canada Post uses.

  5. Spors says:

    Iqualuit: Crusties in your underwear.

    eew.

  6. Megan says:

    This comment thread has been mentioned in the Paper of Record. We are apparently “incensed by the mistake.”

    I’m assuming the reference is to this thread, because I haven’t seen any other blog posts about the error.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pmo-typo-draws-chuckles-cringes/article1255998/

  7. James Bell says:

    Good grief!

    Now I know why my page view count is skyrocketing today…

  8. Townie says:

    I was just thinking, after reading the story, that I can practically count the Iqaluit blogging community on one hand and you’re the only one who has commented so far.

    Although maybe I should rush off a post to take advantage of the surge of traffic up north

  9. James Bell says:

    Well, quite a few people seem to be typing “iqualuit”into search engines right now…

  10. Megan says:

    Well, I’m going to blog about it tonight, but since I blog about journalism issues, I suspect it won’t be quite what the Paper of Record would prefer.

  11. James Bell says:

    Well I made that post just for fun. After a week of grim stories you need some amusement. I do wonder who fed it to Canadian Press, though…

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  13. .. and I posted on Facebook and a few e-mail list I moderate… does not take much to make something go viral these days…

  14. allmycke says:

    Should I laugh or Should I cry…

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