OTTAWA — In a new mental health initiative from the federal government, Canadians will be able to once again get yelled at and then dismissively hung up on by federal employees.

“We know that in these trying times, it’s important to restore a sense of routine and normalcy,” explained government officer David Aoir. “That’s why we have re-hired thousands of our federal government workers to staff our phone lines and provide the same level of service as we always have.”

Aoir says employees, working from home, have been trained to put callers on hold for hours at a time, mutter profanity under their breath in French, and randomly yell “I don’t know what you expect me to do here!”

The Nanaimo Beacon tried calling the new phone line but despite calling every two minutes for 72 full hours, the line was always busy.