Tuesday, April 05, 2011


The title of this post is not referring to a poll.  It is referring to the moral of the members of the Privy Council Office (PCO) after they found out that Stephen Harper threw their whole department under a bus in yet another attempt to distance himself from the smell wafting up from the Carson Affair.  You could only imagine their chagrin at being accused of not doing their job and being unable to respond to defend themselves.

I have disagreed with many conservative politicians over the years but I never had a personal dislike for any of them.  The same cannot be said of Stephen Harper.  I think the man is despicable.  The PCO's function is to serve the Prime Minister.  They are his very own department.  These people bust their butt each day to serve him, which in many cases means watching his political back.  You would think that he would appreciate that enough to do the same, after all that is what leaders do.

Canada is blessed with one of the most professional public services on the planet so Mr. Harper can rest assured that the PCO will not respond to his outrageous claims of their incompetence.  Indeed, Mr. Harper probably took that fact into account when he came up with his latest defence. 

However, there would be some justice if some damaging leaks began appearing in the media about some of the more controversial decisions this government has made over the last five years, which I will bet a large amount of money will not happen.


Blogger Michael said...

Perhaps you watched P&P today. It was brought up that the PMO does not have anything to do with security clearances specifically, therefore there could not have been any political inteference in this regard.

But I'm sure that doesn't matter.

April 05, 2011 7:40 PM  
Blogger ottlib said...

I did not say anything about the PMO, which is the Prime Minister's Office and which is composed of political staffers.

I am talking about the Privy Council Office (PCO) which is composed of public servants.

When the PM changes, so does the PMO. The PCO usually only sees its head, the Chief of the PCO, change with a new PM.

I agree, the PMO would have nothing to do with security checks. The PCO would, and if as you say they did not then why would Stephen Harper throw them under a bus like he did?

Thanks for coming out.

April 05, 2011 7:48 PM  
Blogger kitt said...

Go ahead.... leak. Please do Canada a favour and leak.

April 05, 2011 8:07 PM  

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