03/22/2013 12:10 EDT | Updated 05/22/2013 05:12 EDT

'Harper Canada' Appears On Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Press Release


OTTAWA - Oh Harper Canada, our home and native land?

It could have been a post-budget typo, or a cut-and-paste accident, but one government agency briefly rebranded the country "Harper Canada."

A news release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that was posted online carried the all-caps headline: "HARPER CANADA INVESTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MUNICIPALITY OF ARGYLE."

Agency spokesman Alex Smith said it was simply an editing error, and was promptly corrected — to read "Harper government."

Since 2010, rebranded government news releases have popped up with the controversial title "Harper government" instead of "Government of Canada."

Some public servants have expressed discomfort with the term, and critics said the Conservatives were breaking rules that dictate government communications should be non-partisan.

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