The Harper Says website—produced by the PSAC Quebec and National Capital Regions—went live yesterday. The purpose was simple enough: allow anyone with access to the Net to attach a caption to a photo of our Prime Minister.
I expected to see some truly funny political satire in the spirit of editorial cartooning. Indeed, from what I have seen, there was much of that. But there was also captioning that was unfunny, offensive, racist and hateful.
The PSAC apologized immediately, and rightly so, on our official Website, our Twitter feed and our Facebook page. I will go one better and apologize personally to the Prime Minister. I am sure he has a thick skin, but some of what appeared on the site went well beyond the bounds of decent discourse.
In an age of instant communication, due diligence is essential. We did not provide it. We allowed outside content to be posted without moderation.
The buck stops with leaders. I accept responsibility for this serious gaffe.
On behalf of NCR REVP Larry Rousseau, Quebec REVP Magali Picard and myself, I apologize to all PSAC members, and to anyone who visited the website and viewed unacceptable and inappropriate content. This will not happen again.