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Harper: Nothing Wrong With Tories Paying Duffy's Legal Expenses

Harper: Nothing Wrong With Tories Paying Duffy's Legal Expenses

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 17:49:35 in Canada Politics

“As I understand it, all that the suspension achieves is to render any criminal investigation moot by virtue of the fact that the action by the Senate is a 'Res Judicata' or the equivalent in law of a judicial decision which cannot be retried. Mr Harper wants very badly to sweep this under the table before week's end so he can go to the Tory grassroots in Calgary and say he's dealt with it. In fact it's a 2 year suspension, conviently sending them away until after the next election. Inconveniently, there is little if any indication of judicial process here, which makes me wonder if the disgraced senators could appeal to the Supreme Court. Regardless of the trial by media, public opinion and political expediency, surely these people deserve a fair hearing, if only to prevent the precedent it would set for other politicians who become enemies of the government of the day?”

hphoenix on Oct 29, 2013 at 19:25:07

“This is the point that the Conservative MP who refused the breathalizer test was making: there must be due process; they must get a proper hearing; shoving through a resolution to invoke closure in the Senate (and breaking the Senate rules on the reasons why a Senator may be removed) is precedent setting and cannot be allowed.

I'm sure Harper never counted on being opposed by a principled MP from his party.”
Jason Kenney Rips Suzuki Again, Suggests 'Profound Double Standard' In Media (VIDEO)

Jason Kenney Rips Suzuki Again, Suggests 'Profound Double Standard' In Media (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 14:03:06 in Canada Politics

“When my family emigrated to Canada, they were looking for unique skills to help improve our newly adopted country's ability to be self-sufficient. My Dad trained generations of physio's and by the time he retired, the teaching staff were all home-grown. When I look around me today at new immigrants, I see a lot of very wealthy people. I'm sure some have started businesses that employ many. But you would have to be blind not to notice the empty store fronts in suburban business parks, to say nothing of the numbers of people who must have successful businesses somewhere else that they visit from here to pay for their mansions and lavish life styles. Yes, the government has tightened the rules around business and investor class immigration, but perhaps that is Suzuki's point. We're happy to take people as long as they have plenty of money. Not sure how that builds a country or how sustainable it is to society. Time will tell. But if you base your entire philosophy on short-term gain over all else, what can you expect? As for the invective from Kenney and Levant, well at least they're predictable if nothing else.”
Kindle In Canada: Prices, Stores Unveiled As Amazon Debuts E-Reader North Of The Border

Kindle In Canada: Prices, Stores Unveiled As Amazon Debuts E-Reader North Of The Border

Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 16:22:00 in Canada Business

“When Amazon first published eBooks, the prices seemed reasonable for what was available. Then the publishers got an idea we were willing to pay more in a captive market and boosted the retails, so that for instance, Ken Follett's 'Winter of the World' was $20.95 in hard copy ($35 sugg. retail) and $26.00 as an eBook. I mean seriously, how do you suppose the 'manufacturing' cost for an eBook compares to the that of a bound hardcover?
Now Amazon is working with Canadian distributors who support their CanPub programs by boosting the price by a further 20% (they have no choice - it's the law if they want to sell books with Canadian distribution contracts here). Is it Amazon's fault or Canadian distributors? Not really. The distributors buy the books from the US Publisher at a discount, but certainly not cost or anything close, regardless of being a subsidiary of the company or not. Nope, the culprit is US publishing, who in their bid to get the top-selling authors is pricing traditional publishing out of the market - consider the seven figure advance Follett probably got for his series. It's a shame really - 500 years to get books into the hands of anyone who can read could be undone so quickly.”
Canada Income Inequality: Montreal's Poor Fall Further Behind As Industrial Jobs Disappear

Canada Income Inequality: Montreal's Poor Fall Further Behind As Industrial Jobs Disappear

Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 14:12:38 in Canada Business

“Don't know what you are basing this on. Every Op Ed piece out there is talking about the disappearance of the middle classes and the gap between haves vs the have nots - hardly an indicator of public sector wages skewing the income pie. In fact, the average salary of a federal public servant is below $40K. Would you have them become working poor and deal with the fallout from little or no retirement pension as the boomers leave the work force? As to salary negotiations going beyond the cost of living, you must be dreaming. The days of unions getting big contracts has been replaced by outsourcing to private contractors, and bonuses to senior executives. Government workers are lucky if they can hold onto their jobs. Why so much enmity, AD? Why not go after the 1% who can never get enough?”

tmzrules on Apr 12, 2012 at 22:37:23

“what does Mcdonalds or Walmart pay? Teachers,cops,bus drivers?”
Vancouver Income Inequality Study Shows City Segregating Along Racial, Income Lines

Vancouver Income Inequality Study Shows City Segregating Along Racial, Income Lines

Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 09:29:38 in Canada Business

“I question where the the income numbers are coming from. Let's not forget that many immigrants are coming to Canada and buying homes on the Vancouver's West side with cash, and don't need to borrow. Their money comes from offshore business and assets, not domestic income. In some instances, they're buying multiple properties - something illegal back home. There's definitely polarization - who but offshore millionaires can afford bidding wars for $2M homes? And it's turning those parts of the city into a ghetto for the wealthy. A bubble? Perhaps, but it won't touch income earners at that end of the market. What worries me is the volatility of the condo end, and the impact of speculation by flippers. There's also the impact of commuting to work on transportation. Crazy, just crazy!”

Rock Jocelyn on Mar 12, 2012 at 14:02:14

“That's what's most concerning, I think: the rich in Vancouver aren't making their money there.”
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Michael Sona Fired: Conservative Staffer With Ties To Guelph Riding Let Go

Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 16:57:31 in Canada Politics

“I don't think this has anything to do with political bias, as much as it appears to be a subversion of democracy. I think you would be howling as loudly as anyone if this was a government of any other stripe. What bothers me is how gullible we all are in the face of this hypocrisy. This is how Germany became fascist, Winnie. It wasn't a putsch, but a conversion by degrees. Be careful what you wish for. If Mr Harper is as smart as you think he is, he will call for a criminal investigation and ensure that his government takes whatever steps necessary to prevent this ever happening again.”
Stephen Woodworth: Conservative MP Files Motion Aimed At Reopening Abortion Debate

Stephen Woodworth: Conservative MP Files Motion Aimed At Reopening Abortion Debate

Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 14:48:29 in Canada Politics

“To the Honourable Stephen Woodworth:

I understand, sir, that according to the Catholic Report, you are a practicing Catholic; so this is a matter of conscience for you. You are, sir, a member of parliament, representing members of many different faiths, as well as agnostics and atheists. They also have differing views on Catholic doctrine regarding the rights of women as opposed to the rights of the unborn. You, sir, represent all of those constituencies, no just your own. It is disingenuous to pursue a personal view without stating to the public what your affiliations are.

As you are aware, Canada pursues, like most countries, a separation of Church and the State. You only need to look back in history for the reasons why. This has not stopped the Roman Catholic Church from using all means at its disposal to enforce it's doctrine on everyone, regardless of their personal views, since its inception. Is it your duty as an MP to be a part of this?

Your 'debate' is all well and good, but surely it is for others to debate outside of parliament, and make their wishes known to you. What are your qualifications? That you were unborn once? Are you a woman, a medical ethicist, a philosopher? Surely being a Catholic doesn't make you more qualified?

Read your history and act on the wishes of those who elected you. It is what we expect of parliament, not to use your position to further a personal agenda.”

BubbaHubbaJubba on Feb 6, 2012 at 15:37:31

“This is the way Harpocriteâ„¢ does business.
He gets one of his henchmen to throw out a topic and see's what sticks.
Abortion now, capital punishment next.”

toofarleft4thisworld on Feb 6, 2012 at 15:21:48

“i used to be a practicing Catholic but i eventually got good enough at it to quit the game.”
Canada's Top Spy Won't Answer Questions About G20 Surveillance

Canada's Top Spy Won't Answer Questions About G20 Surveillance

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 19:04:53 in Canada Politics

“The double-talk from the Defence Minister was classic Harperese. He was asked if the government allowed a foreign agency to spy within Canada's borders on foreign officials, and he said he can't comment on an international security operation and cannot comment on the Snowden disclosure. Then he said our own security agency is not allowed by law to target Canadians or Canadian visitors.
In other words, he cannot comment on it because it is true - he would have vehemently denied it otherwise. Either that or he doesn't have a clue.
A government official admitting that it was true would be admitting that they either permitted the surveillance (or found out about it after), and were accessories to an action he said is illegal. This is to say nothing of the diplomatic fall-out from the governments that may have been spied on. Sounds like another really bad judgment call. A pattern, some might say...”
Harper Is a Mere Extra in Duffy's Senate Spectacular

Harper Is a Mere Extra in Duffy's Senate Spectacular

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 19:07:23 in Canada Politics

“So, have you met Cpl Horton, or are you merely basing your attack on some information you don't like? Cpl Horton is only a lead investigator, and not the only member of the team trying to get to the bottom of this blatant misuse of public funds to pay for the senator's attendance at political events, as well as pay him travel expenses whilst living substantively in the Ottawa area. What I find particularly disgusting is the attempted cover-up. Mr Duffy went to the senators in question as well as the PMO, and was told it was OK for him to make these claims. Once word got out, they then apparently tried to backtrack by paying him out of party funds until they found out it was a lot more than they first thought. Nigel Wright rides to the rescue but is thrown under the bus for breaking laws regarding elected officials benefiting from their position - a dumb move in hindsight, but if he was confident the CPC was covering it and it would be buried, no problem. The PMO/Senators try to whitewash the whole affair by cancelling the audit and sanitizing the report to no avail. But the Prime Minister himself knows nothing because he has to be in a position of plausible deniability. And the best you come up with is that a corporal in the RCMP is the bad guy for submitting a Report to Crown Counsel? That's his job.”
The Duffy Scandal: Harper Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

The Duffy Scandal: Harper Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 18:55:07 in Canada Politics

“So the Prime Minister is blameless, yet his team failing to perform the simplest due diligence on star senatorial candidates will make him stronger than ever? Interesting plausibility gap there. I think what is emerging is a concerted effort to create the appearance of innocence when in fact Mr Harper is known to be very much in charge of his office.
The Prime Minister made his feelings very clear - that he wanted the problems gone. He neither wanted nor cared to know how they did it, but was concerned only with the optics to the party faithful, rather than the obvious legalities involved. To me there was an clear breach in standards if not the law. To be seen to be innocent, it helps if you actually are.
The apparent fraud in expense claims is outweighed by the arrogance in believing it is okay to move OUR money around in a shell game if you can get away with it. Writing off party speaking engagements as house expenses, and then getting bailed out in Duffy's instance by Wright, who was caught before he could expense the funds elsewhere - can you seriously believe that the senators acted alone in this?
If the Prime Minister was aware of a breach in law or ethics, he had a duty to report it, to say nothing of keeping his house in order. Simply making problems go away does not cut it.”
Costco Beef Recall: Kirkland Signature Brand Lean Ground Beef Pulled Over E. Coli Fears

Costco Beef Recall: Kirkland Signature Brand Lean Ground Beef Pulled Over E. Coli Fears

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 17:50:41 in Canada Alberta

“How about publishing the batch number and dates affected, please. Thanks”
Bobby Jack Fowler Highway Of Tears Investigation Stalled

Bobby Jack Fowler Highway Of Tears Investigation Stalled

Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 17:14:29 in Canada British Columbia

“You answered your own question when you said "with tech being what it is these days". Fowler died in 2006, and the murder he is suspected of committing took place nearly 40 years ago. It also means witnesses don't remember important details, even if they are alive and competent enough to give evidence. Forensics is only one part of the puzzle, and the police aren't about to announce if they have suspects for the other murders without enough to bring them in for questioning, much less recommending charges. Clary leads a team and was a lead investigator on the Missing Womens' Task Force, so while RCMP budgets have been hit like most government agencies, I don't believe they have given up on this, as frustrating as the lack of answers is for the victims' families. It's sad but possible we will never find out what happened to all of them, but to suggest it's because the police aren't throwing enough money at it is unfair.”

stciappelletto on Sep 27, 2013 at 02:04:44

“Look how long it took to pin down Ted Bundy, and he drove a bright yellow Volkswagen and had told some of the people that got away to call him Ted.

Over that time frame and distance it could be 3-4 perps, possibly more. It looks like there's at least two.

The Green River guy was more careful than Bundy but he got caught because he made mistakes too.

A long haul trucker would be the obvious thing to look at but I'm sure they've checked all the records of companies running those routes several times. Looking at records was another thing that helped catch the Green River guy.

If there was one main guy doing this he's at least over 60 now. Without a mistake they aren't going to catch him, and it looks like he's done with it. I think now it's just beating a dead horse.

About the only way they'd catch him is if he kept trophies and somebody finds them that understands the significance.”
Embassy Security Contracts With British Agency Broke Rules

Embassy Security Contracts With British Agency Broke Rules

Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 23:50:27 in Canada Politics

“You may be right, but the maximum for a sole source security exemption is still $5M, so there is a problem here.”
Public Service Job Cuts: Feds Issue More Layoff Notices To HRSDC And RCMP Civil Servants

Public Service Job Cuts: Feds Issue More Layoff Notices To HRSDC And RCMP Civil Servants

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 00:07:56 in Canada Politics

“Are you whining about the fact you only make minimum wage, or the fact that unions force your business to pay the staff who make your business run a living wage? It isn't about the private sector paying $10 an hour less, but whether or not you can afford to live on that wage. I suppose we could go back to a couple of days off a year and 12-16 hour days, starting when you turn 12 years old, but that wouldn't be good enough either, would it! Are there no workhouses, you say? Humbug to you sir!”
No Foreign Investments Can Tarnish Our Ethical Oil

No Foreign Investments Can Tarnish Our Ethical Oil

Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 13:52:48 in Canada Business

“Got to hand it to you, at least you are being a little more honest about which side of the fence you are on, even if the name on your storefront is an oxymoron at best. Are you going to come out to the coast and roll up your sleeves when we get that oil spill from too many supertankers and not enough room to navigate, or are you going to continue to play the spin-meister, telling us that it really isn't as bad as it seems and these little accidents are just the cost of doing "ethical" business? Do you think any of us care if the money has come from Kuwait or China once the damage has been done?
Get a grip, Jamie, and quit trying to insult people with your pretty prose. Ethics is more than a philosophical word game when the outcome can destroy an entire region and it's ecosystem for years to come. Do you suppose the principals in your organization, China Oil or the Kuwaiti government care one iota for the people living in Kitimat or anywhere along the proposed pipeline if Nexen or the tanker owners screw up, or doesn't that figure in your "moral proposition"?”
Ontario Judge Rebukes Top Mountie In Leaked Letter

Ontario Judge Rebukes Top Mountie In Leaked Letter

Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 23:09:48 in Canada Politics

“And what business does a superior court judge have publishing a letter to the Commissioner for the RCMP (leaked to the CBC my eye).
Look, members are upset and stressed that there are changes coming down the pipe, in particular to benefits, and some are pushing back. Paulson is a cop's cop - someone who has come up through the ranks and understands the issues better than most. God knows there are problems, but they are neither systemic nor impossible to fix. He knows one helluva lot better than Justice Abrams how to address the men and women who work for him, and sometimes, harsh words are appropriate. Like when there's a need to follow the leader rather than question his leadership. As Paulson pointed out, you would have to be living under a rock not to realize the urgency of the situation and the need for change. If anyone was acting like an angry teenager, it was Kennedy himself. I mean really, the guy is on sick leave and retires in January on a full pension.
Look people, if you can do better than this guy, speak up! He's in charge of 25,000 or so people, and yes, you need a good command of both languages, the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job, to say nothing of a hide like a rhino.”
Facebook Page Calls For American-Only Hours At U.S. Costco

Facebook Page Calls For American-Only Hours At U.S. Costco

Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 12:18:22 in Canada Business

“I'm a regular shopper at the Costco Bellingham store from Canada, and I have to admit that I see their point - weekends aren't much fun. Whether it's someone barging the queue to get to the gas pumps from one of the parking rows (oh, sorry, I'm not from around here - mind if I cut in? heh, heh), or the folks in their luxury SUV's who finish gassing up and then pull out half a dozen 4 gallon gas jugs "for their mower" from a trunk full of what was that - 12 gallons of milk? I mean, really, who goes through that much milk in a week, to say nothing of the gas? Seriously people, you don't realise that you're giving us all a bad name. We're visitors there, not locusts.
To you folks from Bellingham: I'm sometimes truly embarrassed by my compatriots' behaviour, and yup, it probably would be a good idea if they opened an hour early like they used to for the locals, although it might be hard to police. The gas bar does have extended hours, I believe. On the up side, we do spend a lot of money which is helping your businesses, and most of us are really pleased to have such a nice place to visit close by. At least you don't have to spend an hour or more crossing the borders.”

ChrisH75 on Aug 14, 2012 at 07:55:36

“I suspect that the milk is for their restaurant or business. Or they are buying for their friends and neighbors.”
B.C. Gas Prices Expected To Spike Over The Weekend

B.C. Gas Prices Expected To Spike Over The Weekend

Commented Aug 11, 2012 at 01:07:38 in Canada British Columbia

“The prices just spiked by 10c/liter on Wednesday here in Victoria. So there's more to come, eh? Wonder how long they'll stretch it this time - September/October perhaps, or if they come up with a really good story, New Year's. Oh well, I guess this will put another nail in the coffin of recovery when those prices hit the stores in shipping premiums. Wonder when the government is going to realize that big oil is killing what little chance they have of the economy bouncing back in time for the next election? But then again, when your buddies are all from Cowtown, who really calls the shots? Maybe Mr Harper should call his friends at Ethical Oil. Oh, and Chinese bought up the rest of the tar sands you say. Oops, he did it again.

Guess I'll have to get the bike out and not worry too much about mortgage rates for a while.”
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Municipal Golf Courses Have Taxpayers Tee'd-Off

Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 20:28:10 in Canada Politics

“Jordan:

Before you make these politically charged statements, perhaps you should drop by the Cedar Hill rec centre and read a little about the history of the golf course. It was left to the municipality with the proviso that the golf course was maintained - the owners of the dairy farm that built it deeded the entire property to us residents, which is surely worth something. The issue that brought things to a head was the closure of the restaurant, done in camera by council. It was a great little place with good food, but no one knew about it because they couldn't advertise their presence due to regulations. I think the staff were relocated, but we lost out on a valuable service that was well-patronized by the many retired people living there and enjoying the course. We have a couple of private clubs for the well-heeled, as well as Bear mountain, which is great if you can afford it, which most of us 99%ers can't.

I think the problem we face is that golf course maintenance has become very expensive. Fertilizer prices have doubled, while water, fuel and equipment replacement have all gone up. The only things which haven't increased proportionately are wages and pensions. Trouble is, if Saanich puts their green fees up to break even, the course would be empty.

As for there being too many courses, where did hear about that? Try getting a booking on a weekend.”
Canada Urged To Hike Interest Rates

Canada Urged To Hike Interest Rates

Commented May 22, 2012 at 12:21:44 in Canada Business

“I think the statistics are skewed by what is happening in Toronto and Vancouver, where buyers are competing with foreign investment in real estate, and the cost of moving up the housing ladder is greater. The problem is that the heat has come off quite suddenly here on the West Coast, with the result that prices are poised to drop as it becomes a buyer's market again. A 10% adjustment translates into roughly $50K on a condo, and $200K on a decent house on the West Side. Increase bank prime and it removes new buyers from the market, and puts people having to renew in a bad place where default becomes an option if they are too highly leveraged.
I think a very gradual move towards 5% over, say 10 years would make more sense. No point in panicking the market to please the OECD. They won't take responsibility for the move if they are wrong, after all.”
Cross-Border Shopping: Cost To Canadian Economy Greater Than Believed

Cross-Border Shopping: Cost To Canadian Economy Greater Than Believed

Commented May 17, 2012 at 15:35:42 in Canada Business

“I think the samples were highly selective and far from random. A set of tires is closer to 20%, many books and magazines come in at 20%+, and in the case of a sprinkler timer I bought the other day, the difference was $20 on a $30 purchase between Home Depot.ca and .com. That said, it isn't fair to always blame the retailer either. Sometimes it's middle man: the Canadian distributor or wholesaler buying from a US supplier and inflated distribution costs; but then there's the US supplier giving lousy discounts to the Canadian distributor to leave more for hyper competitive US big boxes. We're simply too small a market to care about unless you happen to be a Canadian retailer!

Our rule of thumb is that if a retailer can offer a fair price, we buy Canadian where possible, taking into account duties (Nexus gives you a list of common tariffs). Some big ticket items like tires are ridiculous, and like most people, I can't afford to run to pay more than I need to for them.

As for smuggling, it's a stupid game and if you want to risk a criminal record, losing your car, huge fines or limiting travel options in future, it's your choice. Better to be straightforward and not worry about getting caught. I've yet to pay more than sales taxes (we don't bring alcohol or tobacco products across) for even big purchases.”

davidwgray08 on May 17, 2012 at 16:17:23

“what are you talking about. you cannot find yourself facing a criminal record for not declaring the skateboard you bought at walmart, by the way. contraband, etc. is different.”
Cops Who Lie -- Can You Believe it?

Cops Who Lie -- Can You Believe it?

Commented May 9, 2012 at 00:08:44 in Canada

“Coming from a criminal lawyer, this is rich. Perhaps you believe that police spend so much time around bad guys that they become like them. The reality is that your job is to sow seeds of doubt about an investigation and when that doesn't work, question the reliability of anyone who contests the innocence of your client. Can you honestly say that lawyers never split hairs over truths and falsehoods, in which case, who are you to cast the first stone? Your commentary casts aspersions which cannot be proven, and if anyone attacked you in this way, you would be defending your good name vigorously. The difference is that you know the no one is going to come after you for it - a proverbial cheap shot if ever there was one. If you have the proof and wish to name names, do so.”

Ray Wood on May 9, 2012 at 11:54:37

“Spoken as one who seems to be bankrupt of any legitimate argument and who, it seems, did not closely read the article. The default strategy: attack the messenger, not the point of debate.”
Liberals Will Release Election Phone Records

Liberals Will Release Election Phone Records

Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 09:31:08 in Canada Politics

“Mr Miller, if you have something of value regarding insider knowledge of Elections Canada, why do you you use a forum like this this? You would know that EC sends out voter registration cards some months before, and you turn up with it at a voting station, or present valid ID if you have moved. EC does not call people to say they've moved things around. Which brings me to the question, who do you work for, really. Sounds like the Ministry of Disinformation to me.”

robertmiller252 on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:21:51

“You didn't even begin to address my question. So I will ask you again. If 125 polling stations were changed within 15 days of an election, how does Elections Canada get out the information. Now have another go without the red herrings.”

haddanuff on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:18:33

“harpe(R) shill....he's been here a while collecting nickels.”
Killam RCMP Shooting: Sawyer Robison Truck Allegedly Found With Sniper Rifle Inside

Killam RCMP Shooting: Sawyer Robison Truck Allegedly Found With Sniper Rifle Inside

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 00:35:40 in Canada

“North of 60: two police officers have been seriously injured. The weapon found was an anti-personnel long gun, capable of penetrating brick walls and even steel before taking out their target with shells weighing more than a pound apiece. Maybe you think that' s cool. It isn't. I'm all for protecting the rights of hunters - lived on the Prairies for years. But what sense is there in protecting the rights of someone to own a weapon purpose-built to kill another from distances of 1km and more? You like the fact that we will have no long gun registry? If people insist on buying semi-automatic and heavy calibre weapons user the guise of being an enthusiast or collector, you're going to have problems when, not if they get into the wrong hands, and deal with the howls of indignation and accusations when someone gets hurt. It isn't a question of no one has ever been killed by a 50 cal in Canada, but no one has yet been killed by one. We were lucky this time. We weren't at Mayerthorpe.”
Civil Servants Must Cut Red Tape or Lose Their Bonuses

Civil Servants Must Cut Red Tape or Lose Their Bonuses

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 17:55:40 in Canada Politics

“M. Bernier: you are the minister responsible for removing red tape, so why do you need to post this? Are the other ministers in cabinet not cooperating and you are trying to out them? Can it be you believe the public service is responsible for the problem? You are a government minister, so get on with your job and quit complaining. You aren't on the opposition benches or in a minority government. Your boss has made it very clear that you don't need the public's permission, so do what you think is right, and read about what we (the Canadian voters) think about it after, OK?”
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