A hoary early 20th Century expression to describe an extreme practice of patronage that payed people – from the public purse – to do essentially little or no work.
Little-heard outside of old movies (or 1970s commercials for a now-defunct brand of dog food of the same name), the term was revived by Toronto Mayoral candidate Rob Ford in 2010 to describe waste at City Hall. It became the mantra of his campaign, helping catapult the unlikely candidate into the Mayor’s office.
For another dog food reference in Canadian politics, see “Gainesburger.”
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