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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Promising trend

What do you call the firing of five senior government bureaucrats?

A good start.

OK. I’m not funny.

I got this list from a Liberal party email:

• Linda Keen, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, fired in the “dark of night” for embarrassing the government by exercising her mandate to enforce nuclear safety regulations.
• Adrian Measner, President and CEO of the Canadian Wheat Board, fired for his decision to follow the direction of the CWB’s farmer-elected Board of Directors.
• Johanne Gélinas, Environment Commissioner, fired after publicly commenting to the media about her not receiving sufficient information from the government about its "Made in Canada" environmental plan. 
• Yves Le Bouthillier, President of the Law Commission of Canada, fired after all federal government funding for the Commission was eliminated.
• Allan Amey, President of the Canada Emission Reduction Incentives Agency, created to oversee federal compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, fired in 2006 and the agency dismantled.

They took a more cynical view of this “dangerous trend” than I did.

Let's hope the job vacancies go unfilled for a while. Capitalism might just break out.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on January 30, 2008 | Permalink


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that is funny, and a promising trend!

Posted by: philanthropist | 2008-01-30 7:36:49 PM

Excellent start...
I am hoping for the same at the CBC

Posted by: Paul | 2008-01-30 8:25:39 PM

According to one of my poly-sci profs, the only way to effect the changes a party promises is to retire or shift all of the senior bureacrats. The Conservatives have been very careful in doing as little of that as possible.
In answering the taunts of Iggy the other day Mr. Harper was amazingly restrained. Given the Liberals record, he could have easily wiped the floor with them.

Posted by: DML | 2008-01-30 10:19:48 PM

Good riddance.

Posted by: epsilon | 2008-01-30 11:18:06 PM

The Conservatives must not be too careful about firing bureaucrats - the best Territorial Leader (we didn't call our House Leader Premier until we got a Dipper who wanted to be King - Tony Pennicut) the Yukon ever had was undermined and defeated by the (uncivil service bureaucrats (all appointed and imported by the'king' above) and the biased media propaganda. Mr. Ostashic should have shoveled out the stables and appointed his own bureaucrats - the Yukon lost it's soul after the defeat of John Ostashic (Conservative). He felt compassion for the backstabbers and his good heart gave him no defense against the poisoned media misinformation.
Please be careful who you try to please, PMSH.

Posted by: jema54j | 2008-01-30 11:24:03 PM

Thank you Jema. You are absolutely right. The Harper government should have used the broom but I suspect that having a minority has held them back. You need a paper trail to avoid the political potholes and that takes time. The other way is to pull the trap as in the case of the Chalk River case. The Liberals have tried to make a case of it but they were just as culpable and it apparently goes back to the Mulroney government.

Posted by: DML | 2008-01-31 10:36:00 PM

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