A different kind of purity test

- August 24th, 2012

Francois Legault

Whoa. In an interview with Le Journal de Montreal, and in another interview with La Presse (in French, both), Coalition Avenir Quebec leader Francois Legault explains that if he wins the election the heads of various public institutions (such as Hydro-Quebec and high-ranking public servants like deputy ministers) will have to agree with his party’s platform to keep their jobs.

This is a dangerous idea. Public-sector officials are expected to follow and enforce the laws adopted by the legislature. They are not – and should not be – required to agree with the ideological motivations behind those laws. Governments routinely appoint like-minded folks to important jobs. That’s one thing. But they usually wait until there’s a vacancy first…

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