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The other candidates paid lip service to strengthening labor and environmental side agreements, but those won't get at the essence of these pacts, which is to elevate the untrammeled pursuit of profit over everything else.
Theoretically, I've always paid lip service to the futility of laying up treasure on this earth, all the while compiling a library of music and books that far outstrips what anyone could ever "need" in that regard.
But Communism paid lip service to liberty, and pretended to achieve equality.
Where many companies have paid lip service to turnaround funding and simply adapted a core product, we have put our money where our mouth is.
For decades, succeeding governments have paid lip service to the desirability of repairing damage done to native people -- damage that goes far, far beyond residential schools.