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Liberal government spent $11.9-million on public opinion research within last year, slight drop from previous year, Health Canada posted highest bill

By Beatrice Paez       

Federal directives limit the government from commissioning studies that explicitly advance its own self-interests.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor's department topped the list of big spenders on public opinion research. Health Canada topped the list, spending $2.8-million. Some of the projects included testing concepts for public-education campaigns on cannabis, probing Canadians’ awareness on opioids, and gauging communication strategies for its healthy-eating strategy. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

The Liberal government spent $11.9-million on public opinion research within the last year, a slight drop from the previous year, according to a recent report posted on the Public Services and Procurement Canada’s website.

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