One day we’ll thank Jim Flaherty for all these signs

Of the sectors thriving under the government’s stewardship, perhaps none has fared as well as the news conference staging industry.

The contract — which requires recipient groups to submit photos of their Economic Action Plan signs — says eligible expenses for signage include maximum costs of $2,250 for a small sign and $4,250 for a large sign. Another $2,500 can be charged for a “permanent plaque.”

The club can expense rental fees on chairs, flagpoles, a public-address system and a stage, and can charge Ottawa for light refreshments and snacks (no booze), printing and mailing of invitations, and media kits.

The government released its latest economic progress report this morning. To mark the occasion, the Prime Minister staged a cabinet meeting.

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