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Government advertising spending skyrockets 

[PoliticsWatch updated 5:00 p.m, August 9, 2007]

The Conservative government spent an estimated $71.5 million on advertising in fiscal year 2006-2007.

OTTAWA -- In a story first reported by PoliticsWatch, preliminary figures from Public Works and Government Services Canada shows the Conservative government  increased government spending on advertising by 74 per cent in their first full fiscal year in power. 

The government spent $71.5 million on media placements in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, compared to $41 million spent over the 2005-2006 fiscal year, the final year of the Liberal government.

While much of that money is being spent on government priorities, such as increased military recruitment advertising, the Liberals suggest some of the spending is being used for self-promotion by the government.  

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