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    Ottawa to spend $443,000 on passport name change

    Canadian Press April 21, 2005

    OTTAWA (CP) -- It's just one six-letter word. How much could it cost?

    Well, hold onto your wallets: It will cost taxpayers $443,237 to change the name Passport Office to Passport Canada.

    That's roughly $74,000 per letter. Most of the expenses, nearly $400,000, will come from changing signs at Passport Canada regional offices, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

    The rest of the costs come from printing new business cards and letterhead, changes to websites and buying new passport application forms.

    Nearly $5,000 was spent announcing the name change at launch events across the country.

    In French, the name was changed to Passeport Canada.

    "The new name more aptly reflects the role Passport Canada plays in the lives of Canadians," Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said last month in announcing the alteration.

    Some critics, however, think the money could have been more wisely used somewhere else.

    "I would have liked to see more resources go into local passport offices themselves in constituencies where offices are flooded (with passport applications)," said Conservative foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day.

    "It comes back to our [MP] offices that our citizens are not getting the service that they need. It would have made far more sense to have it directed to actual people resources."

    The demand for passports has increased drastically during the last few years, some of that a result of Canadians concerned with crossing the border into the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    In 2003-2004, more than 10,000 passports were delivered across Canada every business day.

    The federal government predicts more than three million passports will be issued this year from Passport Canada's 33 regional offices.

    Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005
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    No wonder why the gov't claims there's no money for things that really matter........ you know, health care, education and military spending. What a freaken joke, they keep spending it on crap like this and expect the countrymen to understand, what BS.
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    Sounds pretty cheap, the US spends about $20 million every time they change the face of a $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 bill on the PR Campaign alone.
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    Comparatively speaking, Dennis, you are right. I have to point out the large disparity in population sizes between north and south o' da border though.
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    On the same note, Britains largest police force (Londons Metropolitain Police), recently decided it would change its slogan "Working for a Safer London", to Working Together for a Safer London".

    The expected bill, to change the motto on all stationary, vehicles and buildings, rubber stamps etc is expected to top 1.5 million...
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