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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How Not to Be Autonomous (III)

In 2007, Our Dear Premier laid down the nationalist gauntlet in Our Dear, Promptly Forgotten, Throne Speech:
My Government will harness the desire among Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to cultivate greater cultural, financial and moral autonomy vis-à-vis Ottawa.
In all fairness, OD,PF,TS said nothing about "cultural, financial and moral autonomy vis-à-vis" Quebec City:

Provincial Wildlife Officials Plan George River Caribou Herd Census in 2010

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, announced today that the province will be participating with other organizations in efforts to determine the current status and health of the George River caribou herd. This work will include a review of current management approaches and methods and will be informed primarily by a planned census of the George River caribou herd scheduled to be completed in 2010.

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In collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Departments of Environment and Conservation, and Natural Resources, the Nunatsiavut Government and the Institute for Environmental Monitoring and Research, the survey will be lead [sic] by biologists from the Government of Quebec in co-operation with the University of Laval.

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2 Comments:

At 9:59 AM, July 16, 2009 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

That sentence is really telling.

The part you underlined is the ordinate clause, the main clause, the sentence that stands on its own and conveys the key information.

The survey is led by the Government of Quebec supported by the University of Laval.

In order for it to take place in this province there has to be co-operation from these other agencies but their role is not the lead role.

The sentence was written in such a way as to leave the impression that this is something coming from this province. When you pull the sentence apart you see that pretty clearly.

In fact the whole release is structured in such a way as to make it appear this is a provincial government initiative when in fact it isn't.

 
At 11:40 AM, July 16, 2009 , Blogger WJM said...

Burying the salient point deep in the interior of the press release (which was released at 4:40 p.m.)?

Gee, I hope no one gets shot.

 

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