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Spare the interns, send out the ministers

Next time, give Tim Uppal a sign and make him “protest”


 

Here’s an idea: Instead of parties sending out interns to stage protests, perhaps we could expect that parties would send out the men and women duly elected under their party banners to comment on their behalf.

For instance, in the case of Mr. Trudeau’s announcement, perhaps the Minister of State for Democratic Reform could’ve stood in front of the cameras immediately afterwards to respond to the Liberal proposal. Or perhaps the PMO could’ve handed Tim Uppal a sign and had him stand in the background of Mr. Trudeau’s appearance. Either approach would’ve been a little less unbecoming.

(None of this is to denigrate those with partisan allegiances. Partisanship is a perfectly defensible, often even admirable, choice of lifestyle and as a concept it is integral, and ultimately beneficial, to our system of mutual governance. The problem here is really nothing more than silliness, an unfortunate side effect that afflicts some partisans.)


 

Spare the interns, send out the ministers

  1. I still think the essence of the story is not the protest or even the juvenile nature of it. The problem is that this was not spawned by the Conservative Party using young party members.

    It was spawned out of the PMO, using PMO staff and resources – even for the signs, and paid Hill interns and on and on …. no concept at all of the boundary between party and government.

    I know that is naive in reality, but AT LEAST have the decency for the PMO to pass the dirty work request over to the party and have them execute on it (same for the endless media “leaks”).

    Some discretion in underhanded dealings should be expected from competent organizations.

    • Harassing and embarassing political opponents? Your tax dollars hard at work, as part of Economic Action! Plan 2013.

  2. String this story together with the Conservative Party looking to make back the court costs from facing the Council of Canadians and it’s starting to seem like the CPC may not be raking in as many fundraising dollars as they claim to be. For a party that claims to be rollin’ in dough, these are some pretty penny-inching maneouvers.

  3. I forget the exact details, but I seem to remember John McCallum showing up at a campaign event to protest one of his opponents and looking suitably mortified about it. Anyone else remember that?

  4. It seems that either the PMO has nothing to do, in which case it needs new management to give it something constructive to do, or it has too many staffers that are being assigned partisan busywork, in which case they need to fire some people and reduce the size of the PMO.

    And that isn’t even going into how disturbing it is to see the PMO doing blatantly partisan work.

  5. Fake protests have been happening in Ottawa since the beginning of Canada. Warren Kinsella has organized many of them for the Liberals, always using paid staff to attend. This is nothing new. It’s apparently only when the CPC does something that the “media” get their collective panties in a bunch. It’s really amazing how so many “independent thinkers” manage to get outraged about the exact same non-issues each and every day.

    • That’s nonsense. Only Conservatives fake stuff. Liberals and New Democrats are way too honest to stoop to anything like that. Give your head a shake.

  6. `Bring in the Clowns` I can enjoy a good laugh ——but not on my dime !!!!!!!!!

    I expect PMO staff or M.P.`s while on the public`s money to do the public`s business; ———working Canadians have to understand this to keep their jobs……………

    Next job appraisal —-2015