03/03/2014 06:02 EST | Updated 03/03/2014 06:59 EST

This Is What Harper's Action Plan Ads Really Mean. And It's Not Good (VIDEO)

Rick Mercer really is a national treasure.

And, in case you think this is off base, you may want to know that when asked why his government spent $100 million on Economic Action Plans, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pointed to the sense of pride the commercials give Canadians about how well we've done during the aftermath of the financial crisis.

This, despite the fact that Canada is no longer the leader of the G7 in growth, having been surpassed by the United States in 2012. Other smaller advanced economies have also outperformed Canada since the 2009 recession, including Australia and the Scandinavian countries.

Sounds like money well spent.

With files from The Canadian Press

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