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April 17th, 2013:

The socialists at the International Monetary Fund…

DARE to say that the Harperland economy is WEAK! They DARE!

 

Canada’s economic growth will be the slowest among Group of 20 countries outside Europe as it grapples with a cooling housing market and as policy makers rein in deficits, according to the International Monetary Fund.

 

The Washington-based lender cut its 2013 Canadian growth forecast to 1.5%, from an October estimate of 2%, while boosting its projections for Japanese growth to 1.6%. The U.S. economy will grow at a 1.9% pace this year, while the euro area contracts by 0.3%, the fund said Tuesday in its World Economic Outlook.

This can simply not be true! Like the UN, the IMF is in the hands of socialist bastards who are hell bent on leather to discredit our Strong Conservative Majority Government at every opportunity!

Do the right thing, Mr. Harper! Distance yourself as far as possible from these mohair-wearing, pipe-smoking intellectuals! You’ve done likewise with the UN and pretty much every major environmental and social organisation on the planet, so why not the IMF!

 

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Credit where due…

I’m becoming increasingly impressed with the degree to which some public and private organisations are using social media to improve customer service.

Case in point: the hydro pole in my elderly neighbour’s back yard had begun to tilt dramatically over the past year or so. So much so that my cable and phone lines were only about 7 feet off the ground. I was waiting for my neighbour to call about it, but when that didn’t happen (honestly, I don’t think he even noticed it or remembered after I chatted with him about it last fall) I figgered I’d give the utility a buzz.

So, I go on their site to find which of the numerous emails and phone numbers I should use, when I noticed they were on Twitter. So, what the hell, I like to see now and then if organisations actually use their SM accounts and don’t just have them to show that they’re hip.

I Tweet the problem late Saturday afternoon and what do ya know, I receive a Tweet back Monday morning asking me to DM (that’s direct message, for those not in “the know”) them with the address. I complied and what do ya know (again), my daughter calls me on Tuesday morning (in a panicky voice cuz the poor girl cannot imagine a house without electricity) to say that a Hydro Ottawa guy came to the door saying that the power will be out for a half hour or so while they fix the pole.

Sent Tweet on Saturday, April 13. Receive Tweet back on Monday, fixed on Tuesday.

Now THAT’S how to use SM to improve customer service…

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