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  1. In the Trudeau government, what’s a cabinet shuffle for? Paul Wells: Like the shuffle before it, today’s won’t change anything about a government that’s chronically stage-managed by a tiny cadre of staffers The main thing to remember about today’s cabinet shuffle is that, outside of the extraordinary tales it tells us about the career paths of its protagonists, as a matter of governance it could well be close to pointless. As evidence, I invite you to tell me who got moved in Justin Trudeau’s previous cabinet shuffle, six months ago. [Pause] See? At the time, I delivered the requisite amount of excitement at the news that Bill Blair was now in charge of—and just now I had to Google him to jog my memory—Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, which of course nobody should take as any kind of admission that there is any connection between organized crime and border crossers; how could you think that? It’s just two halves of the same minister’s title. And also at the news that Dominic LeBlanc was now the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. With hindsight we see that there has been no change on the border-crosser file, nor on the state of organized crime in Canada, that can be traced directly to Blair’s term as a cabinet minister. We also see that Canadian federalism is not wildly more productive or less acrimonious today than it was the day before LeBlanc became its steward. This is no knock on the ministers involved, who are serious people. But it’s hard to budge the trajectory of state from even a post as exalted as a seat at the federal cabinet table. And harder if the government is, as is becoming increasingly obvious to all observers, chronically stage-managed by a tiny cadre of out-of-their-league staffers operating out of the Building Formerly Known as Langevin. What problem in the land is LeBlanc authorized to exercise autonomous authority to fix? If Blair were to hop a cab to Ottawa airport today and catch a flight to some border security or organized-crime hotspot, where would he go? To what end? Moving, at last, to today’s shuffle, I’m actually willing to believe that Jody Wilson-Raybould has not been demoted from Justice to Veterans’ Affairs. Or at least that the point of the move was not to demote her, but to deploy her demonstrated skill at de-escalating drama to a portfolio that’s lately in serious need of de-escalation. The Trudeau Liberals must be amazed to discover the veterans’ file is a problem for them, after they had spent their later opposition years, say 2013-2015, telling themselves any fool could do better than the Conservatives on the file. Seamus O’Regan leaves the department as, to be polite, a fixer-upper, and Wilson-Raybould might have the skill set that could allow her to improve things. I really wonder whether there’s any hope of that given the habits of the current PMO. Wilson-Raybould would need to be able to meet with veterans’ groups and have them regard her as a real interlocutor, capable of backing her promises with action, free to improvise and deliver change. In real life, she’d have to send her proposed changes back to the PMO, which would, weeks or months down the line, send watered-down variations of her proposals back, along with approved communications language that, if used, would leave anyone sounding like a zombie. Sooner or later her stakeholders would realize they weren’t talking to a minister, they were talking to a machine whose bulk was mostly hidden offstage and whose highly-constrained emissary was Jody Wilson-Raybould. Certainly the new assignment does not seem to have thrilled her. The long statement she released within hours of being sworn in, reminding everyone of her accomplishments at Justice, sure reads like an expression of frustration. Trudeau cannot have set out to upset her—and we should all remember that he wanted no part of this shuffle, which was prompted by last week’s announcement from Scott Brison that he’s leaving politics—but he’s developing a real knack for putting noses out of joint. He opened 2017 by sending Stéphane Dion to the European Union, which prompted Dion to vanish from public sight for weeks and the EU to take the unprecedented step of signalling that it couldn’t guarantee he would be accepted as an ambassador. This is the kind of mess Trudeau’s office stirs up when they think they are being clever. Meanwhile, if we’re correct to guess that Wilson-Raybould has been sent to patch a Seamus O’Regan-shaped hole at Veterans’ Affairs, it’s hard to muster a lot of enthusiasm for O’Regan’s future at Indigenous Services. The rapid climb of Jane Philpott, about whom more in a minute, is one thing. But she doesn’t just go to new jobs, she leaves old ones behind. And Trudeau’s office seems little interested in assigning her old jobs to talents as impressive as Philpott’s, perhaps because there are none. I really think it’s possible O’Regan has been underestimated. But he’d need to be a superman to escape the fate of the last minister who filled a gap left by a Philpott promotion, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, whose influence over the Health portfolio cannot be measured by teams of scientists operating with sensitive equipment in underground caverns. David Lametti could be an effective Justice minister! He has a sterling CV. He’s an easy guy to like. He has about five months to leave his mark before all of federal politics devolves into campaign-season silliness. How much latitude will he have? Trudeau told reporters before Christmas he has no intention of reducing mandatory minimum sentences imposed by the Conservatives, a promise that’s too delicate to keep in an election year. This leaves Philpott. Just about all of the trouble I’ve surveyed here—O’Regan to Indigenous Services, Wilson-Raybould to Veterans’ Affairs, a rookie to Justice—would not have been necessary if Trudeau hadn’t decided Philpott was the best replacement for Brison at Treasury Board. She’d better be worth it. She may be. Philpott’s on the very short list of ministers whose authority is essentially unquestioned in Ottawa, inside and outside the Liberal Party. Ralph Goodale is on that list. Chrystia Freeland, perhaps. That’s the end of the list. But a leading theory to explain Brison’s departure is that he discovered he couldn’t actually get much done at Treasury Board. Constrain the PMO’s fondness for hosing billions of dollars around without a plan? Introduce some order into decision-making? Take power out of the hands of Trudeau’s sorcerer’s-apprentice palace guard so it could be exercised by really anybody else? Brison couldn’t. Philpott won’t either, if Trudeau doesn’t want her to, if he thinks the administrative bottlenecks, odd fondness for bad communications and preening moral self-regard that have come to characterize his government are either excellent features or flaws that can’t be fixed in an election year. But there’s another possibility. It’s that Philpott has, or might soon be given, a mandate to rationalize government operations across the board, to improve workflow and deliver more autonomy to ministers’ offices and to the public service, at the overdue expense of the PM’s personal secretary, Gerald Butts, who has hoarded decision-making to the detriment of proper management across the government. In this vision, Philpott would become an executive deputy Prime Minister without the title, the most powerful treasury board president since Marcel Massé in the aftermath of the 1995 Quebec referendum. She would instill a measure of order in place of chaos, much as Leon Panetta did as Bill Clinton’s second White House chief of staff after Clinton’s first presidential term had already fallen prey to drift and infighting. I mean, it’s possible, but I would put the likelihood of all this happening at close to zero. The Liberals are well and truly hunkered down in pre-election mode, chippy and defensive, sure they deserve to be re-elected, uncertain what to make of polls giving them a real but not insurmountable advantage. Probably Philpott’s move is as rushed and symbolic as so many of this PM’s ministerial assignments have been. Probably the real power, like the increasingly apparent problems, will continue to reside in a very small number of unelected staffers, whose advantage is that the PM cannot imagine shuffling them. “Fives hire fours,” Butts used to say of Trudeau’s management style, “but nines hire tens.” It was a spectacularly self-flattering turn of phrase, and it leaves unanswered which number we should assign to a prime minister whose government has become so mired in routine and deadlock that it’s impossible to know who’s a four and who’s a ten, because they all deliver the same results. https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/in-the-trudeau-government-whats-a-cabinet-shuffle-for/
  2. Jaydee

    Reality 2019

    In 2019 he will probably be charged with reckless endangerment. The Left will argue he was guilty as he must have known it was a hazard or why would he have put it up in the first place. Another... Remember a few years back two kids scaled a 20’ fence into the lions den at the Toronto Zoo and got mauled? Yep..you guessed it......the zoo was charged and their insurance had to pay up. I know for a fact because a family member was involved from the insurance companies side.Everyone else is at fault except for the guilty person. Yet ANOTHER stupid move from our legal system. At a MINIMUM she should lose her nursing license. Nurse who stole opioids from Kitchener care home must be rehired, compensated An arbitrator last week ruled D.S.’s addiction was a disability. He also found that the nurse’s union established prima facie(correct until proved otherwise) discrimination and concluded it was wrong to not rehire her. KITCHENER —A registered nurse who was fired from a long-term care home in Kitchener for repeatedly stealing opioids to feed her addiction must be rehired and compensated for "injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect," an arbitrator has ruled. The nurse, identified in the ruling as D.S., was addicted to opioids when she stole narcotics from Sunnyside Home over a two-year period. She falsified medical records to make it look like she injected residents when she actually saved the drugs for herself. An arbitrator last week ruled D.S.'s addiction was a disability. He also found that the nurse's union established prima facie(correct until proved otherwise) discrimination and concluded it was wrong to not rehire her. Sunnyside is owned by the Region of Waterloo. "The evidence shows beyond any doubt that there is a connection or nexus between (her) substance use disorder and the adverse effect of termination of employment for violation of admittedly valid workplace rules," arbitrator Larry Steinberg said in the ruling. "Compulsive behaviour and impaired judgment are symptoms of the mental illness of substance use disorder. They were manifested in this case ... by either no capacity or diminished capacity on the part of (D.S.) to comply with workplace rules prohibiting diversion of narcotics and falsification of medical records." https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9125259-nurse-who-stole-opioids-from-kitchener-care-home-must-be-rehired-compensated/
  3. Jaydee

    Shootings and Knifings

    Ditto...only if it’s absolutely necessary will I go near that ZOO....even driving through Toronto across the 401 takes all my patience some days
  4. Jaydee

    Terrorist Attacks

    Open your wallets... Alleged Canadian ISIS member captured in Syria, according to Kurdish forces With his capture, the number of Canadians known to be in the custody of Kurdish forces is now four men, three women and seven children. But an organization representing the families of Canadian captives, Families Against Violent Extremism, said it was aware of almost two dozen. “The families of 21 Canadian detainees have asked FAVE to help get them out of the northern Syrian camps. The majority of these Canadians are infants and children who are suffering from hunger and illness in frozen tents,” said group’s director, Prof. Alexandra Bain. https://globalnews.ca/news/4844413/canadian-isis-member-captured/
  5. He was rewarded by being suspended ..... https://torontosun.com/news/national/youtube-suspends-canadian-anti-terror-expert
  6. What Leftists don’t understand is that any one on the so called “right” think with their brain first ....and if common sense prevails.... expand their thinking using their mind. ( PS there is a reason why it’s called the Right....because we usually are ) The exact opposite is true of the Left...the first question they ask themselves is “ How do I feel about it? “.....depending on the answer they come up with.....only then MIGHT Common Sense enter the equation.
  7. Jaydee

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    I can hear the screaming now from certain types on this very forum at the very suggestion.
  8. Jaydee

    Shootings and Knifings

    RCMP taken to court for failure to disclose firearms information The RCMP are being taken to court for failing to disclose information they had previously been ordered to give. The incident started when an anonymous person filed a request for the FRT (Firearms Reference Table). This database lays out how the RCMP reclassify firearms. The RCMP refused to show it to them. The person appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) for help, and the Commissioner ordered the RCMP to comply with the request. The OIC is a non-partisan government body designed to protect the rights of Canadians looking to get information from government institutions. The RCMP refused again. This time with someone higher up of their side. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, who oversees the RCMP, sided with them in this dispute. Now the case is going to court on the recommendation of the Information Commissioner. According to the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR), The RCMP originally claimed that The RCMP may refuse requests that require the sharing of “trade secrets or financial, commercial, scientific or technical information that belongs to the Government of Canada.” Now they are saying they can’t respect the request as it would involve disclosing the serial numbers of firearms, which they consider to be “personal information”. The OIC disagrees with this defense. The CCFR also claims that this particular document has been shared with foreign governments and organizations at least 10000 times, putting doubt on the credibility of this argument. The court ruling will have major implications to the extent that the RCMP can stop public inquiries into their practices. This isn’t the first time the RCMP have had issues with transparency. In 2016 an employee at RCMP has faked a response to an Access to Information request made by the journalist. Minister Goodale at the time called the incident “unacceptable.” Journalists have had to deal with poor practices from the RCMP for many years, including having to wait ridiculous amounts of time for mundane information. The Office of the Information Commissioner has slammed the RCMP for it’s poor handling of Access to Information requests for years, made even more crucial by this government’s promise to improve and relax the process for requesting information. TPM reach out to Minister Goodale, and his office said that “the question of whether the serial number of property constitutes personal information has arisen from time to time in various government departments and each situation is unique depending on the circumstances.” They added that “there is an imminent judicial hearing related to a separate Access to Information request that also involves the serial numbers of firearms and whether those should be considered private information.” https://www.thepostmillennial.com/rcmp-taken-to-court-for-failure-to-disclose-firearms-information/
  9. Jaydee

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    I have been advocating this for years and it always gets criticized by Leftists as unfair. I have always wondered how a system that treats everyone equally be be considered unequal? Only Socialists apparently know for sure.