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Lawrence Cannon is the new Jim Prentice? The Official ITQ Cabinet Shuffle Speculation Thread


 

If David Akin is right – and he is, more often than not – this will, at least, be a mercifully short round of the traditional post-election game of pin-the-portfolio-on-the-minister, with the swearings-in expected as early as next Monday. That gives us just a few days to painstakingly overanalyse the political landscape to determine who’s in and who’s out? Who’s on top (other than the Prime Minister, of course) and who may be bottoming out? Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s strange? Who’s charmed? Wait, that’s quarks, not cabinet ministers. It’s so difficult to tell them apart sometimes.

Anyway,  the only thing we know for sure – or some people think they know for sure, but nobody really knows anything and I’m convinced that sometimes those unnamed senior PMO sources are just messing with our heads because it’s so much fun to watch us leap off wildly in all directions like disoriented lemmings, and honestly, I can’t say I blame them. Now, where was I?

Right – the one thing that may or may not be true, then, is that Jim Flaherty will stay at Finance; with the whole financial meltdown (which, as Colleague Glen pointed out the other day, really needs a catchier name) currently underway, the last thing that the country – or the world – needs is a fresh new voice trumpeting Canada’s fiscal fortitude, or so the theory goes. 

What that means, however, is that The Most Competent Minister in Cabinet(tm) – that would be Jim Prentice, for those who were lucky enough to miss the last few bouts of pre-shuffle media hysteria – isn’t likely to budge from his current job at Industry, since anything other than Finance – or, in some cabinets, Foreign Affairs – would be seen as at best a lateral promotion.  

As for Foreign Affairs – well, that depends on whether the PM is prepared to give David Emerson’s replacement the same (relative) freedom to manage even major files without constant interference from the centre, which was the case for Emerson’s predecessors, Maxime Bernier (although in hindsight, we can understand why that seemed like the most prudent approach) and even Peter MacKay (see previous note re: Bernier). If Harper does hand over the keys to Fort Pearson to Prentice, we’ll know he is; if it instead goes to someone like Health Minister Tony Clement – no snickering, we’ve heard him mentioned more than once – it could go either way. Another possibility, although at the moment, a relatively remote one: Stockwell Day, currently sheriff over at Public Safety – and when, by the way, can we drop the Orwellian moniker and go back to calling it Solicitor General? 

Lawrence Cannon, meanwhile, seems to have become the Quebec media’s very own Jim Prentice, as far as his potential for promotion within the cabinet – and has been suggested as a leading contender for the Foreign Affairs post as well, although with the caveat that he may, in fact, be far too busy making amends to erstwhile Conservative supporters in his home province in the aftermath of the recent electoral unpleasantness. I suppose if Clement got Foreign Affairs, Cannon could head off to Health  — but then there is all that awkwardness about private clinics and the Canada Health Act, which might further antagonize les Quebecois, not to mention the prospect of a snap provincial election. 

Who else? Oh, there are lots of other current cabinet ministers with question mark over their heads like so many Sims(tm) – from Helena Geurgis, the least effective minister of state in recent memory (and given the relatively light responsibilities of a typical MoS gig, that’s saying something) to Diane Ablonczy, who finally made it into cabinet last time around, albeit barely — Minister of State for Small Business? Really? — and is once again being billed as a likely candidate for a promotion.

Apparently, the PM has to put Bernier back in cabinet too – although honestly, that doesn’t make sense to me, and I can’t imagine this particular PM agreeing to do so just to meet his Quebec quota – and then there are bright-eyed newbies like Gail Shea – a former provincial minister! – and Alice Wong and Lisa Raitt and — you know, all the most-likelies from the freshman class seem to be women. Oh, and Peter Kent, although I have no idea where you would put him – and no, Canadian Heritage does not make sense, especially if you’re going to send Lawrence Cannon out there to convince Quebec to forgive that ill-advised foray into culture warfare that cost the Conservatives their majority. 

Anyway, that’s enough baseless speculation from me – feel free to use this as an open thread for your own.  I should note that I’m actually more curious about the fate of the Lord High Giornocutioner, who was imported – at unknown expense – from Toronto just a few months ago to whip the PM’s office into election-fighting shape. Will he stick around now that it’s over?


 

Lawrence Cannon is the new Jim Prentice? The Official ITQ Cabinet Shuffle Speculation Thread

  1. Lord High Gigalo can interview harper’s ( taxpayer funded ) M.P.s for who gets the raises . Hopefully God will talk to “our leader” and appoint Bob Rae to deal with the Xmas Pakistan crisis and MacCallum to guide steve on the economy ?

  2. It’s kind of funny how, when you come right down to the real nuts and bolts of most things, it’s all guessing. Journalism, medicine, tech, finance. I’d provide my own guesses, but I don’t have any ideas that sound better than yours – there are a number of open spots, though, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

    I suspect that in keeping with the “steady as she goes” theme, there will be a minimum of shuffling — this would also help people get (or stay) comfortable with the Tories as a governing party. For the usual regionalist reasons, plus the fact they’d be pretty good at it, I’m sure we’ll see Leona Aglukkaq, Lisa Raitt, Gail Shea, and John Weston getting some good spots.

  3. Is Harper really going to ignore Vancouver and Montreal this Cabinet? Won’t he have to bring someone new into Cabinet (and possibly caucus) for that?

  4. Is Harper really going to ignore Vancouver

    Maybe he’ll get lucky and Usal Dosanjh will lose the recount.

  5. Whatever his decisions, just how fair will the press be?

    Here’s what I know:

    • the head of CTV, Ivan Fecan, headed a major fundraiser for Jean Chrétien
    • one of his senior Vice Presidents, Paul Sparkes, was Chrétien’s Director of Operations
    • the network’s pollster, Peter Donolo, was Chrétien’s Director of Communications
    • Craig Oliver was one of the closest people to Pierre Trudeau, and used to go on annual canoe trips with him
    • Jane Taber used to be regularly mocked by Frank magazine for being a Liberal shill
    • Roger Smith’s wife was a senior aide to Trudeau
    • Jim Munson, a Liberal Senator, became a Chrétien aide after leaving a senior spot at CTV
    • Mike Duffy is a creampuff, and has loyal friends in every party
    • Seamus O’Regan hangs out with Justin Trudeau and Dalton McGuinty’s former Principal Secretary
    • Rosemary Thompson is a sweetheart, and used to date Liberals at Carleton (the shame!)
    • Bob Fife would take down anyone, if they deserved it, regardless of party affiliation

    And so on, and so on. Get the picture?

  6. Oooh, finally us conservative supporters get to have some fun here and play cabinet-maker.

    My picks for the some of the major portfolios. Flame away:

    Finance – Flaherty
    Foreign Affairs – Cannon
    Health – Prentice
    Transport – Raitt
    Public Works – MacKay
    Intergov – Verner
    Defence – Stockwell Day
    Industry – Baird
    Justice – Kenney
    Environment – Clement
    Citizenship & Immigration – Ablonczy

  7. Style: He could indeed bring someone in from outside – and he wouldn’t even have to appoint them to the Senate to do so, which is probably for the best, considering the ignoble end of Michael Fortier’s ministerial career — unless, of course, *he’s* coming back for a second stint in the Senate. But it’s tricky enough playing fantasy cabinet maker within the limits of the current caucus – you add in the Emerson factors, and it’s pretty well impossible.

  8. Bud, please don’t post other people’s words without proper attribution. It’s impolite.

  9. KCD: Of course, he might also be unlucky enough to have Gail Shea lose hers against Keith Milligan! Recount-related upsets are, however, definitely the exception and not the rule — usually the putative winner actually increases their margin of victory.

  10. enough to have Gail Shea lose hers against Keith Milligan!

    But look to the spoiled ballots..not too many in PEI, but over 200 spoiled in Vancouver.

  11. John G – An interesting list — but I see some major problems, both practical and political, with your choices, particularly Kenney as Justice Minister, which would be a disaster (although not for the press, at least for as long as he lasted), but also wasting Prentice in Health — seriously, it may be the number one issue for Canadians year in and year out, but it’s been practically invisible for the last two years, except for the occasional outbreak of fatal food poisoning – and moving Baird to one of the few portfolios that demands a nonpartisan approach in order to get anything done (not to mention actually consulting with industry and public policy experts). Finally, Transport is a pretty hefty responsibility for a newbie – as capable as Raitt may be, she’s still a frosh – and what would you do with the existing cabinet ministers, not all of whom can be dumped completely?

  12. Not nearly enough talent in this collection of raging mediocrities to make any kind of substantive guess.

    Doesn’t matter anyway, what with Boss Harp in the driver’s seat.

  13. If that sounds like I had some trouble being “objective,” I did. Objectivity is a fallacy. In campaign reporting more than any other kind of press coverage, reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it—influencing outcomes, setting expectations, framing candidates—and despite what they tell themselves, it’s impossible to both be a part of the action and report on it objectively. In some cases, you genuinely like the candidate you’re covering and you root for him, because over the long haul you come to see him as a human being. For a long time, this was John McCain’s ace in the hole with the press, whom he referred to as “my base.” Reporters rode along with him, and he joked with them, and that went a long way toward shaping the tone of their coverage. (Last January a group of reporters asked McCain’s staff to make McCain campaign press T-shirts for them.) And because your success is linked to the candidate’s, you want to be with a winner, because that’s the story that makes the paper or the magazine or gets you on TV.

    http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_7484

    Apologies…forgot the Kinsella tag. I included it on Wells blog.

  14. I didn’t think Baird’s problem at Environment was a lack of consultation with industry…if the government is serious about implementing the competition and investment changes promised in the election, Baird might be the best person to deliver them…His success at Environment only reinforces this perception – his party just clobbered the Liberals on the environment file.

  15. Thanks Kady. Oh well, I guess that’s why they don’t pay me to do these things…

    w.r.t. Industry, that portfolio has also been held by Brian Tobin, who one could argue was as partisan as Baird.

    Raitt as Transport seemed natural based on her Port Authority role, and she deserves a big role (politically) for expunging Garth.

    As to Kenney, this was based on my belief that he shares the “get tough on crime” philosophy that Harper is looking for. And perhaps as a thank you to Ezra for his stint in the war room (unsuccessful as you may think it); if there is someone in the CPC who would clean up the HRC/HRT mess, it is definitely Kenney.

  16. Also, I think many of the existing Cabinet ministers will get roles, I just decided that speculating on the more minor roles like Veterans, Revenue, etc. wasn’t as much fun.

    And I left out Strahl, who was deputy speaker last time and may get tapped for the big chair this time.

  17. Kady : 2 points for a wonderful scienctific metaphor : you deserve a raise! Who’s charmed? Wait, that’s quarks, not cabinet ministers. It’s so difficult to tell them apart sometimes. – the possibilities are endeless!

  18. John: I would love to see Strahl as Speaker, but I don’t know if the Tories would let him – he’s liable to actually enforce some rules.

  19. “reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it—”

    And this proves they are bleeding heart liberals ?

    Barely a whiff of Afghanistan burning up coastal patrol petrol ? Highballs in Denver while dealing with meat crisis by cellphone ? IT mess and gst waste ?

  20. I’d like to see Chuck Strahl as speaker. I’d like to have a speaker who’s name I’ll know, which hasn’t happened since Fraser. I also think that westerners should do a lil better this time. We didn’t whine Harper into office so we could be governed by the Mike Harris crew. Ablonczy is due for promotion. Alice Wong is from suburban Vancouver. We should also merge stockwell Days current responsibilities with defense and foriegn affairs and call it the ministry of global safty. :)

    Reply to John G’s list of liberal connections: Canada is always run by a “family compact” this means that power holders of all types have no shame when it comes to making personal and career connections to each other. Thats’ why there are only two parties that can be allowed to govern. :(

  21. But look to the spoiled ballots..not too many in PEI, but over 200 spoiled in Vancouver.

    Wow – to quote Johnny Carson, I did not know that. In any re-count, it’s not usually the counting of the original ballots that is the fight. After all, basic arithmetic is basic arithmetic. The scrap is almost always over what will or won’t be accepted as a show of intent on disputed ballots. Vancouver South just got more interesting.

  22. If Foreign Affairs is no longer a major portfolio under Harper, how about Kent for Foreign Affairs?

    It’s not like he doesn’t have experience overseas…

  23. John G – Actually, Chuck Strahl was deputy speaker during the Martin minority, not last time around, when he was (and still is, at least until Monday) Minister of Indian Affairs. It will be interesting to see whether a Conservative will run for Speaker this time around – there was griping on all sides over Milliken’s non-interventionalist approach during the last session, particularly during the various committee meltdowns – but it’s hard to think of anyone else who might be able to command the sort of cross-party support necessary.

  24. My take on a more favourable cabinet makeup…

    Finance – Flaherty (I wish not, but a given)
    Foreign Affairs – Prentice
    Health – Clement
    Transport – Baird
    Public Works – Day
    Intergov – Verner or Paradis
    Defence – MacKay
    Industry – Cannon
    Justice – Ablonczy
    Environment – Strahl (unlikely, but would be competent)
    Citizenship & Immigration – Wong, BC
    Fisheries and Oceans – Shea, PEI
    Agriculture & Agri-Food – Blackburn, QC

  25. Jim Travers is suggesting that David Emerson will replace Michael Wilson in Washington. To toot my own horn, I’ve been saying that for months on these comment boards (and it’s never illicited a single reaction/response).

    I would also make the prediction that this minority government will also last 3-4 years (as a result of a broke liberal party) and that midway through it, Stephen Harper will appoint Speaker Peter Milliken to a European ambassadorship, opening up his seat in Kingston, that the conservatives may be able to win (with the right candidate) in a by-election.

  26. Ben – It’s early yet, and I reserve the right to revise my opinion in future, but from what I’ve seen so far, Peter Kent is a bit too free with the off the cuff comments to make him a good candidate for one of the few cabinet jobs that does, at least occasionally, require its holder to react to breaking events in a fashion that would meet with PMO approval.

  27. Does James Moore ever get a seat at the cabinet table?

    Also, who gets Fisheries? Gerald Keddy? Someone from BC (although with the exception of Cummins and Duncan, none of the real fish-dependent ridings went Tory)? Greg Thompson?

  28. The selection of Speaker is an opportunity for the Conservatives and NDP to gang up on the Liberals.

    It gives them a chance to cooperate on an essentially non-partisan issue, without risk of antagonizing their ideologues, and it starts the new Parliament off showing they can work together.

    Best of all for both parties, it marginalizes the Liberals. It would take away a major position that has continued to make the Liberals look like a legitimate governing alternative, even while in opposition.

    Further, if Miliken loses his Speaker job he will retire before the next election. The race in Kingston and the Islands was much closer this time than it has been in years, and with Miliken out, the riding becomes even more competitive for the Conservatives.

    The NDP could get the Speaker roll and the Conservatives could get Deputy, or vica versa. Main thing – Liberals get nothing and lose.

  29. As far as I know, Kenney is not a lawyer… Can forget him as possibility for Justice.

  30. Bud said
    comment by bud on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 11:28 am:

    Whatever his decisions, just how fair will the press be?

    Here’s what I know:

    • the head of CTV, Ivan Fecan, headed a major fundraiser for Jean Chrétien
    • one of his senior Vice Presidents, Paul Sparkes, was Chrétien’s Director of Operations
    • the network’s pollster, Peter Donolo, was Chrétien’s Director of Communications
    • Craig Oliver was one of the closest people to Pierre Trudeau, and used to go on annual canoe trips with him
    • Jane Taber used to be regularly mocked by Frank magazine for being a Liberal shill
    • Roger Smith’s wife was a senior aide to Trudeau
    • Jim Munson, a Liberal Senator, became a Chrétien aide after leaving a senior spot at CTV
    • Mike Duffy is a creampuff, and has loyal friends in every party
    • Seamus O’Regan hangs out with Justin Trudeau and Dalton McGuinty’s former Principal Secretary
    • Rosemary Thompson is a sweetheart, and used to date Liberals at Carleton (the shame!)
    • Bob Fife would take down anyone, if they deserved it, regardless of party affiliation

    And so on, and so on. Get the picture?

    Umm, Bud, did you mean to source your list? I mean it’s virtually verbatim from another blogger.

  31. Sorry, I didn’t notice that KO’M had already tagged him for it.

  32. Plot and plan to stuff the liberals with a layton steve co -op ?

    Was not I.T un calc loss ($2 billion in lost taxes) , $12 billion / yr. gst , $ 20 billion over budget in heavy lift tanks etc , $ 25 billion in nothing down hundred yr. mortgages ……… etc enough .

    Please Progressive Canadian Party talk to your former buddys ?

  33. I just can’t see the Speaker’s role going to anyone else other than Milliken. Look at it from the Conservative perspective – if you are in a minority position in the House, but within spitting distance of a majority, you would be crazy NOT to have an opposition member as Speaker. Milliken is moderate, well versed in House procedure, and well respected by all. I think this one is a no-brainer.

  34. Kady — “Peter Kent is a bit too free with the off the cuff comments to make him a good candidate for one of the few cabinet jobs that does, at least occasionally, require its holder to react to breaking events in a fashion that would meet with PMO approval.

    True — Kent’s private health care comment at the end of the campaign (however justifiable) probably made red flags flash all over the PMO.

    Matthew — “The selection of Speaker is an opportunity for the Conservatives and NDP to gang up on the Liberals.

    Sensible strategically. But I suspect that lots of people still like Milliken. Heck, I’d keep him there if I were deciding things.

  35. Prediction: Gerald Keddy gets Fisheries for being a good little boy way back when Harper needed a budget vote.

  36. Whoever beat Paul Szabo might also be in line for good position. Unless they are an incompetent tit. Can I say tit on here? If not, than twit.

    Harper is not big on symbolism. He took the symbolic approach with Maxime and I doubt we’ll see that again soon.

  37. Matthew – That strikes me as a really stupid strategy, to be honest – for one thing, I don’t even know why you would “gang up” to elect a nonpartisan occupant of the chair, since the whole point is to choose someone who will be seen as neutral by all parties – and for another, there is absolutely nothing to be gained by any party – including the Conservatives – in trying to rig a secret ballot to install someone against the wishes of two out of three opposition parties. It just doesn’t make the least bit of sense.

  38. Agriculture – David Anderson (SK)
    Defence – Peter Mackay (NS)
    ACOA – Rodney Weston (NB)
    Canadian Heritage and Status of Women/Official Languages – Sylvie Boucher (QC)
    Citizenship and Immigration – Diane Finley (ON)
    Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec – Jean-Pierre Blackburn (QC)
    Environment – John Baird (ON)
    Finance – Jim Flaherty (ON)
    Fisheries and Oceans – Gail Shea (PEI)
    Foreign Affairs – Jim Prentice (AB)
    Health – Tony Clement (ON)
    Human Resource and Social Development – Chuck Strahl (BC)
    Indian Affairs and Northern Development – Leona Aglukkaq (NVT)
    Industry/ Deputy PM – Lawrence Cannon (QC)
    International Cooperation – Alice Wong (BC)
    International Trade – James Moore (BC)
    Justice – Rob Nicholson (ON)
    Labour – Jean Pierre Blackburn (QC)
    Government House Leader – Peter Van Loan (ON)
    National Revenue – Maxime Bernier (QC)
    Natural Resources – Gary Lunn (BC)
    Public Safety – Stockwell Day (BC)
    Public Works and Government Services – Christian Paradis (QC)
    Queens Privy Council & Intergovernmental Affairs – Rona Ambrose (AB)
    Transport – Peter Kent (ON)
    Treasury Board – Vic Toews (MB)
    Veterans Affairs – Greg Thompson (NB)
    Western Economic Diversification – Diane Ablonczy (AB)

  39. Kady, regarding ganging up to elect a so-called non-partisan Speaker to piss off a party, have a look at the new session at l’Assemblée nationale.

  40. Sorry Kady, I meant Paul Zed.

  41. MYL – Yeah, I’ve been following that – but I maintain that the parliamentary dynamics at play in a four-party House really are entirely different than those of a three-party House, which is why I find it hard to imagine that a similar event would occur here. Then again, never say never, right?

  42. Well, the recount in PEI is done. Gail Shea’s election night margin of 62 votes was trimmed to 55, but she still won. If history is any guide, it is unlikely that a recount will change the result in any of the other tight ridings. I can’t recall the last time a recount actually reversed an election night result. I’m sure it has happened, but certainly not in the recent past…

  43. If I was Harper, I would do the following:

    Finance – Jim Flaherty
    Foreign Affairs – Lawrence Cannon
    Health – Peter Mackay (Harper believes in screwing his potential successors – part III of screwing Mackay is to make him “that guy who failed to do the wait times guarantee”)
    Transport – Lisa Raitt
    Public Works – Diane Ablonczy
    Intergov – Rona Ambrose
    Defence – Stockwell Day
    Industry – Jim Prentice (but he is a pinch hitter)
    Justice – John Weston (constitutional lawyer)
    Environment – Tony Clement (he held this portfolio with Harris)
    Citizenship & Immigration – Alice Wong
    Trade – Bob Dechert
    Indian Affairs and Northern Dev. – Leona Aglakkuq
    Heritage – Peter Kent (who has the perfect record for going after stuff like getting rid of “bias” in the CBC)
    Treasury – Rob Moore

  44. the whole financial meltdown (which, as Colleague Glen pointed out the other day, really needs a catchier name

    Capitalize it! “The Financial Meltdown.”

  45. Would Harper put a federal neophyte in Indian Affairs?

  46. We should call it the banking bubble or just credit crunch. I agree in theory that it needs a better name but I’m more pissed off that the most dramatic and sweeping crisis we’ve ever faced gets stuck with a wimpy name like global warming. The blogosphere needs some sort of protocol that will assign apropriatly dramatic mnames for things and also ban repeatative use of ‘gate’ as a suffix.

  47. comment by hosertohoosier —- Health – Peter Mackay (Harper believes in screwing his potential successors – part III of screwing Mackay is to make him “that guy who failed to do the wait times guarantee”)

    Thats why Flaherty is still in Finance! It all makes sense now. I knew it wasn’t competence that earned him a seat at the big table.

  48. What about Michael Chong? I was very impressed by his principled stand in the last parliament. It’s a new parliament now so he wouldn’t have to feel tainted by collective responsibility for an earlier cabinet’s position, so perhaps he’ll be back? Or is PMO vindictive enough to keep out such an able fellow?

  49. What about Bill Casey for Speaker of the House? I noticed that Harper specifically congratulated Casey in his victory speech, might be a sign he wants to build bridges. Conservatives could be seen to be making peace by supporting his candidacy as speaker, help to rebuild their image in Atlantic Canada, and the other parties could hardly oppose someone who stood on principle.

  50. Michael Chong should be back in the good graces. And with all this time in the hinterland, his french had better be vastly improved.

  51. Has anyone consider potential contenders for Deputy PM ?

    Too many times I have heard that Harper looks like he wants to control everything. Naming a DPM would be a great move to show a more opened approach.

    Also, JP Blackburn cannot return as Minister responsible for Quebec Economic Development, he was nearly stoned for the cuts in the regional development programs. Same for J Verner, she cannot return as Heritage.

  52. PM: Harper
    Finance: Harper
    Foreign: Harper
    Defence: Harper
    House Leader: Harper
    Intergov: Harper

    Other portfolios: other guys/gals who nobody will know OTQ.

  53. I like the idea of Bill Casey as Speaker. Milliken lost control of the last House and needs to be replaced. Does Kady know if Casey has sufficient knowledge of (or interest in) parliamentary procedure. First elected in 1988 as a PC if I recall correctly, he’s been in the House for long enough.

  54. The multiple suggestions involving Alice Wong and James Moore really do speak to Conservative weakness in Vancouver, despite how much closer their various 2nd place finishes were this time. Better choices would be John Weston or Wai Young if she can climb the recount mountain first.

  55. Two predictions: Gerry Ritz for Treasury Board, where he can make all the cold cuts necessary. hyuk
    Rona Ambrose for Indian Affairs.

    Unless harper is ready to keep as steady a hand as possible and makes very very few changes and says Putting Stock Day on Defence will only remind Canadians for another few seasons that Harper and Day were keen on the Iraq war. A potential front bench just full of liabilities.

  56. some garble in that… sorry. says “poor boy” to Tony Clement, who wants out of health.

  57. What about Shelly Glover (MB)? She broke through in a liberal stronghold, is fluent in both english and french, and was high up in the Winnipeg Police Department (although that doesn’t say much these days)

  58. not making my cabinet predictions till Kady calls the seat projection winner!!!!!

    (and I have the correct picks too!)

  59. I think Bob Dechert and Lisa Raitt will be the two new ministers from Toronto.

    BC is more difficult to judge, but John Weston and Alice Wong look like ministers to me.

  60. “the whole financial meltdown (which, as Colleague Glen pointed out the other day, really needs a catchier name)”

    How about ‘Armageddon”?

    “Public Safety – and when, by the way, can we drop the Orwellian moniker and go back to calling it Solicitor General? ”

    Actually, the Committee for Public Safety was established during the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution. Now doesn’t that make us all feel a little better?

  61. I am here at a forum newcomer. Until I read and deal with the forum.
    Let’s learn!

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