Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina-Qu'Appelle, NDP)
Mr. Speaker, the classic children's character, Winnie the Pooh, often de-
scribes himself as "a bear of very little brain". Well, Canada Post has entered into a campaign of very little brain.
In promoting its series of Winnie the Pooh postage stamps, Canada Post is also promoting the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida. Caps, T-shirts and stamps with Winnie the Pooh in front of Disney World are available at your local post office outlet as well as entry forms for a free trip to Florida.
Countries around the world use postage stamps to promote what they are proud of: national heroes, historic events and natural beauty. So what is Canada Post promoting? Disney World. What is next: McDonald's or Coca-Cola?
To use the much loved Winnie on Canadian postage stamps to promote a commercial enterprise outside the country is exploitive and demeaning. Is there no national dignity left? Can space be bought on postage stamps to the highest bidder?
It is about time this Liberal government took our national image more seriously.
Topic: Statements By Members
Subtopic: Postage Stamps