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4 hours ago, Jaydee said:

The Trudeau government is once again lying to Canadians over why they can’t offer basic services, in this case passports.

This is a very good thing.

In their arrogance, they're not just beating up the 30 percent (amid cheers from the majority) anymore. 70 percenters are starting to feel the burn. 

I now fear a whipsaw effect driven by liberal voters having hissy fits. We need JT to win the next election with a majority in order to consolidate the public aversion to buffoonery. Switch to reasonableness too early in this process and people will forget. 

Political memories, absent real pain are far too short, people need to lose jobs, businesses, homes, and many of the freedoms they once took for granted... anything short of that simply prolongs the agony.

Like most people, I desperately want this blight on Canadian history to end, but ending it prematurely will ensure a future garden of spring time weeds. Take the hit, do it now, do it once, get er done. I want no repeats of this BS in my lifetime.

Do this right and it will be our great great grandchildren who next sniff around the socialist tree, topple statues of current politicians and re-write history books to serve a brand new narrative. Let their parents read and reread the last chapter of "A Tale of Two Cities" and lament those long lines of new oppressors.

I'm bloody tired of it.

 

 

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LILLEY: Trudeau appointing cabinet committee to fix passport issues laughable

Brian Lilley - 4m ago
 
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© Provided by Toronto SunA Canadian passport is pictured on top of a Canadian flag in this photo illustration.

How many Trudeau cabinet ministers does it take to issue a passport?

Sadly, this isn’t a joke, and shockingly, the answer is now 11 cabinet ministers to issue a passport.

After initially denying there was a problem, then blaming Canadians, then a non-existent surge in applications, then blaming Canadians for not filling the forms out properly, the Trudeau government is striking a committee to speed up the process.

On Sunday, the PM announced a cabinet committee of 11 ministers would work to ensure better service for Canadians.

“We know service delays, particularly in recent months, are unacceptable. We will continue to do everything we can to improve the delivery of these services in an efficient and timely manner,” Trudeau said in a statement. “This new task force will help guide the work of the government to better meet the changing needs of Canadians.”

I’m not sure what needs of Canadians changed when it comes to getting your passport in a timely manner. Seems like you should apply, pay your fee and get your passport within a few days, but now it’s months before many are getting their passports.

“Despite the increased demand, 72% of Canadians who apply for a passport currently receive their passport within 40 working days,” Minister Karina Gould boasted two weeks ago.

 
 

Forty business days works out to eight weeks, pretty much two months, as long as there are no stat holidays during the time period you are waiting. That is completely unacceptable and despite trying to pin the blame the delays on anyone and everyone else, this falls squarely at the government’s feet.

“As I have mentioned several times in the House, we are experiencing an unprecedented volume in terms of passport applications,” Gould told the Commons last week.

The problem is that they are not dealing with “unprecedented volume,” not by a long shot. The government’s own figures show that between April 1 and the middle of June there were 542,000 applications. That works out to an average of 54,200 applications per week. But the government has said some weeks went as high as 75,000 applications.

Prior to the pandemic, Passport Canada handed out an average of 90-98,000 passports per week. Between 2013 and 2018 there were between 4.7 and 5.1 million passports issued annually.

The volumes they are seeing now should be easy to handle. There is no staffing shortage, they assure me that 89% of their staff are working at the office and just 11% at home. There were no layoffs during the pandemic and there was no mass exodus due to vaccine mandate requirements, which have now been lifted.

This is a workflow and efficiency problem that needs to be fixed and should be easy to fix given the department’s past track record.

They also knew this was coming.

“Forecasts predict that a recovery to pre-COVID-19 demand will begin in Spring of 2022, and that demand for passports will continue to increase over the next three years,” a department planning document stated last year.

The department’s own staff predicted demand would recover and be driven by people who had let their passports lapse during pandemic and the wave of renewals from the first batch of people who received a 10-year passport a decade ago needing to renew.

Even when warned, the department failed to prepare. Even with volumes lower than pre-pandemic, they haven’t been able to fix the problems that have been festering for months.

So now we have a committee, more talking, more strategizing, more study, but likely no new solutions.

Whether it’s passports, immigration, the airports, or running our military, the Trudeau government can’t get the basic things right.

blilley@postmedia.com

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