Stephen Harper's Grammy news release doesn't mention his nemesis

Stephen Harper's publicity machine never gets a rest.

Tonight, the prime minister issued a statement congratulating all of the Canadians who were nominated for Grammy Awards, singling out the winners by name.

"Highlights include Michael Bublé, for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and Jennifer Gasoi, for Best Children's Album," Harper declared. "We are very proud that Canadians continue to garner international acclaim for their very diverse contributions to the music industry."

There was no mention in Harper's news release of Neil Young, who recently called the Conservative government "an embarrassment" and "a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States".

This came in response to Harper's full-speed-ahead approach to the tar sands, which Young likened to Hiroshima.

Young and Crazy Horse were nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album for Psychedelic Pill, which lost to Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day.

Before anyone goes a little loopy about the Young omission, keep in mind that Harper also didn't mention Drake. 

He was shut out in the Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Perfomance categories.

Still, it's hard not to feel like Harper's spinmeisters felt the need to issue a statement to offset some of the sting caused by Young's recent remarks.

Let's just hope these hacks weren't getting paid time-and-a-half on the taxpayers' dime for doing this on a Sunday.

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Ron
Welcome to Harper's Orwellian society.
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fmpsportsguy
And here I thought harper was going to win with this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZCFhbuc0K0&feature=youtu.be
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Mungo
steve doesn't do squat unless the political ramifications and benefits. The man is in campaign mode 24/7. That is what the trip to Israel was.
A campaign trip.
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Steve
The PM mentioned winners not losers simple as that, Talking about hacks, maybe take a look in the mirror.
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ForTheRecord
Re last line, PM and ministerial staff don't get paid overtime ever.
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Kristoff Krajewski
So what is this about David Hume sceptically not knowing politics from history? And let mathematics rule our educated imaginations for physical reality.
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Kristoff Krajewski
Rednecks clear away for the new tide. If you have nothing to offer, don't hinder the rest.
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Kristoff Krajewski
The history of the Mackenzie River estuary can be checked on the Wikipedia, but can we really know what the "MUSKEG" is about?
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Andy
Wow... you managed to create a story out of thin air.
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p lg
Steve, the acceptable way for a PM to respond would be to congratulate the winners and all the other Canadians who were nominated, wouldn't you say.

But for someone who only needs 39% of the popular vote to have the audacity to speak on behalf of all Canadians one doesn't expect any better.
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Ryan W
Neil Young is too old....we need younger people to speak up about issues that concern us....after all we are the future.
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p lg
I agree and the youth are doing just that. Young is well thought of even with younger generations and because of his long time reputation he gets the media's attention. It's all good! Young and old and youth.
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@ ryan W
Then get off your computer and do something about it future leader. WAIT.... sorry young people are about as smart as their phone and if an app doesn't tell them to protest, they won't.

Good luck with that movement. Old people or new its about speaking up and saying what's on your mind politics or not.
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Von Hindenberg
Neil Young is much smarter, richer and more famous than our small minded Ortsgruppenleiter Harper.
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Alan Layton
Ryan W - I understand that Justin Bieber will make an announcement on the tar sands any day now.
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