On the one hand:
... Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned that "recent volatility in financial markets needs careful management," Canada's forestry and manufacturing sectors are facing "tough times," and there is "weakness" in some export markets.
"At the same time, strong growth in other areas is driving up the cost of living," such as housing prices, beyond what many can afford, he said.
So, "we have to keep our spending prudent, keep reducing the debt, and keep lowering taxes for individuals, businesses and families," Harper concluded.
On the other hand, well, welcome to the new Pravda on the Rideau:
PMO working on government-controlled media centre
The Prime Minister's Office has been secretly working on plans to build a government-controlled briefing room, which would supplant the current National Press Theatre.
The plan, with an estimated cost of $2 million, has been in the works since at least last year, reveal documents obtained by the Toronto Star under the Access to Information Act...
Harper has had a sometimes frosty relationship with the national press corps, stemming from his staff's tight control over news conferences and lack of accessibility to MPs and cabinet ministers.
The new facility could impose even stricter measures, giving the PMO control over who may enter and possibly what gets filmed and broadcast...
A hand-drawn sketch of the facility also shows a space for "maybe permanently installed cameras with feeds to media."
That suggests that the news cameras could be controlled by government employees instead of independent media journalists, reports the Star.
When reached for comment about this massive financial expenditure in order to carefully choreograph government public relations, numerous members of Canada's Blogging Tories stopped shrieking hysterically about the liberal bias of the CBC just long enough to opine that they thought it was a good idea.