The Shotgun Blog
Sunday, May 29, 2005
...is coming to a government department near you;
On Monday, Maryantonett Flumian will take up a position as the DM responsible for Service Canada, which is a massive initiative to centralize 'customer service' functions in a single organization, while decentralizing the adminstration to various regional centers.
It is a major project, and at present no minister is directly accountable for it, because it is shared across multiple departments - as is the budget. There is no real plan, just the idea of simplifying contact for citizens. Money has been spent to build the minister's office, but no minister yet.
Now, I agree with both that idea and moving work to regional centers. But on the other hand, this is exactly how the HRDC boondoggle started - and Service Canada will handle EI, CPP, all other income security, Canada Student Loans, Social Insurance Numbers, and possibly even Passports.
That is a huge area of responsibility, and a daunting management challenge. So the bureaucrat should be about the best we have in the civil service. So who is Maryantonett Flumian?
That's right, the sharp knife that managed the gun registry. If she can screw up the gun registry that badly, think of the nightmare that she can create in something of this scale.
"Your old age pensions are being run by the people who did the gun registry"
Via an email tip.
(note to tipsters; if in question, I default to anonymity when readers send me tips. That said, I prefer to give credit where it is due.)
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Given the magnitude of the gun registry foulup there is *no* *way* this individual should be employed at such a senior level.
Posted by: Anonalogue | 2005-05-30 12:18:48 AM
Was it like this in the Fuhrer Bunker in April 1945? Ms. Flumian reorganize the bureacracy makes no more sense than "Herr Reichsfuhrer mit your new Panzer Army you vill drive the Russians back to Moscow!"
On second thought...as a staunch Alberta Seperatist I welcome the continuing employment of the grossly incompetent by my enemies.
Posted by: Michael Shannon | 2005-05-30 8:13:45 AM
Why do I have dread for my pocket book and quality of government services when I hear announcements like this?
I remember Ms. Flumian (The "fixer" as she is called in civil service circles)as the so called bureaucratic wonder kid the Feds threw at we besieged duck gun owners who were already mired in the unworkable red tape and deadlines of the civilian long gun registry system. Again, we see the Feds throw a career bureaucrat with no first hand knowledge, or formalized plan to untangle the vastly technical subject which she had been assigned. The effect was a little like sending one's favorite trained chimp to defuse the digital interface to an armed warhead. A perfect skill set/task "fit" in Fed logic. What the public got for the millions her traveling roadshow and high-paid entourage cost, was a system that is still abhorent to law abiding end users and totally ignored by the criminal element...however, it was not her job to make it workable....it was her job to make it APPEAR workable ...and in Fed-Lib thinking this is all that is needed. So at the time she was installed in the registry system, there was a massive backlog of registrations to process and a massive amount of firearms owners (about 5 million) who had not yet complied and registered (through either mistrust of federal motives or antipathy towards the unwarranted red tape)
The brilliant solution we paid MF such a lavish salary,bonus and compliments for, was simply to make the compliance numbers look better by licencing anyone with 10 bucks and a telephone to call in the request. The forms were simplified, and most of the police/bureaucratic interface was dropped...Like registrant background checks, verification of input gun data. Following MF's brilliant "tweeking" of the registry system it was another 5.2 million in debt from lost revenues and bureaucratic costs and the system was made largely ineffective at acheiving it's stated purpose.
MF was responsible for making the system a rubber stamp for volumes and a sieve for catching irresponsible gun users. This was the era when there were substantiated reports of dogs, cats, hells Angels and dead people being issued firearms permits and waggs registering hair dryers and soldering guns.
Long live the Fed's "Fixer"...on to the next system to devolve and on to continued promotional rewards for dismal mediocrity.
Posted by: WLMackenzie redux | 2005-05-30 10:01:41 AM
What does the word commissar bring to your terminal?
com·mis·sar Audio pronunciation of "commissar" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (km-sär)
1. An official of the Communist Party in charge of political indoctrination and the enforcement of party loyalty.
2. The head of a commissariat in the Soviet Union until 1946.
2. A person who tries to control public opinion.
[Russian komissar, from German Kommissar, deputy, from Medieval Latin commissrius, agent.
* * * * * * * * * * *
See/read about the commissars at work:
Vanishes? Who? Why? Where? When? How?
The commissar from the long gun Firearms Registry is now the No. 1 Commissar for the Socialist/Communist regime in Canada.
What is to be done? See the red star (black star) above... * * * * *
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-30 10:26:11 AM
Ridicule's not going to rid this commissar. She's survived " FRANK " magazine so she'll survive anything thrown her way. Kiss that pension good-buy you PC incorrect b***tard
Posted by: circe | 2005-05-30 5:54:56 PM
Sort of blows the Peter Principle out of the water doesn't it?
Some are exceding their own level of mediocrity.
Posted by: Quidnunc Savant | 2005-05-30 11:16:50 PM
Only in Canada eh!
Posted by: Quidnunc Savant | 2005-05-30 11:17:26 PM
I'm sure that Maryantonett has just one message for your tedious concerns for pensioners: Ledemeet Kake.
Posted by: Pete E | 2005-05-31 12:38:44 AM
Re "Sort of blows the Peter Principle out of the water doesn't it?"
This kind of lude, homophobic comment is really shameful, and has no place in rational discourse.
On behalf of all Western Canada, I would like to apologize to any sissies who might be reading this thread.
Posted by: Brian O'Neill | 2005-05-31 12:58:14 AM
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