Canada's most boring city, and the many political scandals that continue to cast a shadow on Parliament Hill are anything but fun. Enter Bureaucratees, an irreverent T-shirt company that jocularly takes aim at Ottawa's political blunders. Club Fed, Department of Redundancy Department and Carpe Your Per Diem are some of our favourites. And the shirts' descriptions are good for a laugh as well. Photos from Bureaucratees. "Welcome to Club Fed, where work life is as it should be. Meaningful, generously rewarded, with the propensity to be maddeningly frustrating. Stay a while.
Best Suited For: Sitting on a patio while on annual leave, booking your next vacation, reminiscing about past vacations
Best Paired With: Flip flops, aviator sunglasses, a genuine smile that makes your private sector friends jealous"
"A common euphemism that is doubly dangerous within the bureaucracy, Department of Redundancy Department commonly refers to communication that is redundant, repeated to the point of annoying, or rephrased while maintaining the same underlying meaning. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Best suited for: Reiterating key messages Best paired with: Discussions of bureaucratic enlargement, finding efficiencies, vacuous jargon, repetitive iterations" "Nothing signals your commitment to a night on the town quite like, Carpe Your Per Diem. It is bold and hilarious and sure to be a conversation starter no matter where you are travelling to or from. Best Suited For: Entering taxis, renting cars, boarding trains, boarding airplanes, bellying up to the bar, travel status Best Paired With: Lost receipts, separate bills, expense reports, a willingness to let loose" "Inspired by the legendary daft punk logo, draft email, is an ode to the music that not only gets you through the work day but often accurately reflects its travails. The design itself is simple and streamlined, meaning that it takes a discerning and careful eye to even spot that it isn't actually a daft punk shirt but something altogether different Best Suited For: Discussions with the people for whom you draft email, happy hours, les 5 à 7, Mondays (or Tuesdays after the long weekend) Best Paired With: Barely appropriate office hoodie (unzipped), designer sweater or dress shirt (unbuttoned)" "Aimed at the grunts fighting tirelessly in the trenches of the public service to bring about Open Government. OPN GOV is a subtle show of support for a movement that's gaining attention around the globe. Best Suited For: Liberating data sets, complying with access to information reqests, connecting the dots Best Paired With: Proactive disclosure, open data, an open mind" "You're young, you must know how to fix my computer, printer, scanner, blackberry right? ...If you are under the age of 35 you have likely fielded Tech Support calls despite it not being your job. It's irritating, but your choices are limited. You can either go balls to the wall or stash this clutch tee in your top drawer. The choice is yours. Best suited for: Swallowing your pride and helping out your colleagues even when you said you wouldn't, the day that a new technology is introduced into the workplace Best paired with: Paper jams, boardrooms with sketchy projectors, people who can't figure out how to place or remove a "draft" watermark" "Waking up a little worse for wear after a rough night solving the world's problems with your office mates? Why stop now. Grab your suit, tie and this T head to the closest mirror and Tie One On (this t reflects to help you out when you are getting ready!) Best suited for: Mornings that come too early Best paired with: Manual dexterity, interesting discussions at mirror in the men's room" "Putting forward new ideas in a system designed to defeat them is no easy task. The Innovator is a tip of the hat to anyone who has ever put forward a great idea only to become the office black sheep. It's a subtle jab at those who suck the air from the room by citing restrictive policies, shrinking budgets or that things have always been done here that way. Best suited for: Townhall meetings, meetings with Senior Management, performance evaluations, job interviews, networking events, making an impression Best paired with: Jeans, a custom jacket, dress shoes (look sharp, you're a baller with this on)" "Nothing conveys the Hotel California-esque nature of the bureaucracy more than the image of the golden handcuffs. Good as Gold is sly tip of the hat at the fact that while many will check out few will actually leave. Thumbs up to bondage! Best Suited For: Signing letters of offer, conducting interviews, cashing cheques, union meetings, family related leave adoption, family related leave appointments, family related leave appointments, family related leave birth, family related leave illness in family, family related leave marriage, family related leave other, lieu days used, other paid leave court, other paid leave injury on duty, other paid leave military, other paid leave other, other paid leave personnel selection, other paid leave special leave, other paid leave travel, personal leave bereavement, personal leave marriage, personal leave, quarantine leave, sick certified, sick uncertified, vacation, volunteer activities leave Best Paired With: Rising salaries, declining outputs, increasing resistance to change "