“A year of high-level early retirements…”


From the end of the first column I wrote this year:

Incidentally, the bureaucrats I talk to aren’t plotting to put Harper to sleep. On the contrary. Many wonder whether this government will wake up. One of Ottawa’s most experienced civil servants tells me the widespread belief is that Harper’s government is so obsessed with each morning’s headlines that it cannot plan. This official predicts a year of high-level early retirements from the civil service if Harper does not start using his majority.

Last month Richard Dicerni, the deputy minister of Industry, announced his retirement — arguably not early, at 63 after ably serving the federal and Ontario governments for nearly 30 years. Dicerni’s retirement was followed by Paul Boothe’s as deputy minister of Environment. Today the Hill Times reports Rob Fonberg at DND is “considering” retirement.



“A year of high-level early retirements…”

  1. Having not read the Omnibus bill, I feel suitably qualified to comment on its content.

    If it was as wide and all encompassing as it was portrayed, one would think that either the DMs of the various depts affected were either completely busy in preparing changes (in which case there isn’t much to do policy wise in the foreseeable future), or were completely shut out and ignored (and feel slighted and bored – time to move on).

    Or neither.

  2. Much as I don’t like what he’s doing, isn’t Harper now using his majority ? Is it possible

    there are other reasons for getting out ? Even career bureaucrats must have a breaking point when it comes to the abuse of process – frankly I don’t understand any official not abandoning EC, the morale there must be verging on near psychotic levels right now.

  3. Some senior managers were getting bonuses for cutting staff; so did any of these guys earn big money by gutting government departments? I don’t know, but it is something I have to wonder about.



    So far Harper’s “major reforms” are notable for their stupidity and short-sightedness. How many Canadians will die because of his cuts to environmental monitoring? How much of the country will be poisoned?

  4. The cynical might suggest that this is a classic case of correlation not necessarily implying causation.
    But I prefer to give Wells the deserved props for this prognostication. After going with ‘Harper is going easy on Mulcair’ the morning before the attack ads came out, our favourite scribe could probably use one in the ‘win’ column.

Sign in to comment.