Archive for the ‘Bureaucracy’ Category

Who steps in if the PM can’t perform his duties?

- July 28th, 2013

Here’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s list of who can step if he’s unable to to perform the functions of his office, updated July 15 by an Order in Council and published here



The Honourable James Michael Flaherty,

Vice-Chair, Priorities and Planning Committee

The Honourable Jason Kenney,

Chair, Operations Committee

The Honourable Tony Clement,

Chair, Treasury Board

The Honourable Diane Finley,

Chair, Economic Prosperity Committee

The Honourable Rona Ambrose,

Chair, Social Affairs Committee

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay

Chair, Foreign Affairs and Security Committee

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt

The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson

The Honourable John Baird

The Honourable Peter Van Loan

The Honourable Gerry Ritz

The Honourable Christian Paradis

The Honourable James Moore

The Honourable Denis Lebel

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

The Honourable Lisa Raitt

The Honourable Gail Shea

The Honourable Julian Fantino

The Honourable Steven Blaney

The Honourable Edward Fast

The Honourable Joe Oliver

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay

The Honourable Shelly Glover

The Honourable Chris Alexander

The Honourable Kellie Leitch



Minister of what?

- July 15th, 2013

After a fairly successful stint as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney has just been made Minister of Employment and Social Development. There, I expect, he will continue to carry out the wishes of Prime Minister Harper and bolster the fortunes of the federal Tories. But pause, if you will, for one moment to consider what National Citizens’ Coalition president S. J. Harper or Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation president J. T. Kenney would say about the very concept of a minister of social development.

Of course, that was then.

Truck full of public money

- April 18th, 2013

Now we hear that the feds are funding a food truck in Mexico City to popularize Canadian cuisine internationally. Could a satirist have invented more convincing proof that the Harper administration believes nothing worthwhile can happen without public subsidy?

As the National Post story notes, a complication is that according to various culinary experts Canadians are such diverse and cosmopolitan people no one’s really sure what constitutes Canadian cuisine other than the inevitable poutine and maple syrup.

Might I suggest taxpayer au gratin as our signature dish?


News you can’t use

- April 17th, 2013

Tomorrow is the International Day of Monuments and Sites. Don’t say you weren’t warned. It’s tomorrow, not today, giving you time to prepare courtesy of the NCC which put out a press release early this afternoon on the subject.

So if you can’t get to a monument, at least visit a site.

Stuff governments say

- April 15th, 2013

The federal government has decided to stop waiving $60 gun-licence renewal fees in the hope of raising about $18 million a year. Now on the face of it the decision to collect an existing paperwork fee makes more sense than the decision not to collect it (unless you think not collecting it since 2006 was a cynical political sop to gun owners pending abolition of the long-gun registry). But the rationale is extraordinary. According to the National Post, the Canada Gazette entry says: “The government will not renew the current fee waiver in the current climate of fiscal restraint”. How is grabbing more cash “fiscal restraint”?

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