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Liberals want media monitoring investigated

OTTAWA - The Liberals are asking the country's top civil servant to investigate the Conservative government's use of media monitoring during the 2011 election.

They say the monitoring program used the public service for partisan ends.

Liberal Treasury Board critic John McCallum says the Conservatives crossed the line by using tax money to measure their performance during the campaign as reflected in the media.

He has written to Privy Council Clerk Wayne Wouters, essentially the country's senior public servant, to look into the program.

Documents obtained by The Canadian Press revealed that the Citizenship and Immigration Department spent nearly $750,000 over three years monitoring and analyzing ethnic media sources at home and abroad.

The reports, which ranked media reports from "very positive" to "very negative," included coverage of campaign events in cultural communities during the 2011 election.

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