Immigration Department spent $745K monitoring ethnic media

Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files
“A series of interviews and appearances by minister Kenney and his representatives were strong contributors to the upswing in the ministerial image,” says a report from May 5, 2010.

Immigration Department spent $745K monitoring ethnic media and ‘perceptions’ of Jason Kenney
Bruce Cheadle and Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press | Nov 13, 2012 8:52 PM ET

Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files
“A series of interviews and appearances by minister Kenney and his representatives were strong contributors to the upswing in the ministerial image,” says a report from May 5, 2010.

OTTAWA — The Department of Citizenship and Immigration spent almost $750,000 monitoring ethnic media over the past three years, including assessments of election campaign events and “perceptions” of minister Jason Kenney.

A series of contracts from March 2009 through May 2012 cost taxpayers $745,050, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information law.

Those contracts state they were for work “monitoring key words and issues related to the department’s mandate.”

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