Remember how the PMO was going to be “fully cooperative” with the RCMP in getting to the bottom of the whole Wright-Duffy deal? Well, sources are telling CTV that “fully cooperative” means stonewalling the RCMP’s attempts get emails related to the deal. I really can’t wait for the warrant to come next…
Possibly the most damning of the reactions to the cabinet shuffle comes from one of their own – newly independent MP Brent Rathgeber quite correctly diagnoses the issue that such a morbidly obese cabinet has ceased to function as a deliberative body and is now simply a representative one, which makes all of the appointments less about the competence of the people in the jobs than about which boxes they tick off. He also makes some very salient points about how antithetical it is to conservatism that they have so many junior ministers and economic development portfolios to put them into. If you need a refresher as to some of the new faces, iPolitics created some trading cards to help you out. Jennifer Ditchburn gives a preview of the files that some of our new cabinet ministers will spend their summer familiarizing themselves with. Jason Lietar considers the PM’s social media rollout to be a success and a step in the right direction when it comes to combating Justin Trudeau’s formidable social media presence – with the exception of the badly lit Instragram videos of new ministers. Don Martin frets about the price of loyalty for the always genial James Rajotte, who has a lot going for him, but lost out in a cabinet post to the virtually unknown Kevin Sorenson.
With new faces in the justice and public safety portfolios, it looks like the tough-on-crime agenda may take a backseat in the second half of the current parliament – not that there’s a lot left to do on either file, given how they front-loaded those agendas, with the exception of the Internet surveillance bill.
Peter Kent and Stephen Fletcher talk to Laura Stone about the sense of relief that comes from being out of cabinet and back to being a backbencher – but if they think they’re free from message control, they should probably ask Brent Rathgeber about it.
As for the “enemies list,” it has a few tongues wagging in the political sphere – not that previous Prime Ministers didn’t have such lists. And hey, newly liberated backbencher Peter Kent called such talk “juvenile,” while Rathgeber noted that it contributes to the dysfunctional workplace that the government has become.
Tony Clement and the head of the union representing striking foreign service workers got into a Twitter fight yesterday, and both sides dug in their heels. So, no easy resolution to this problem.
It seems that the Communications Security Establishment, and its parent organisation, National Defence, contributed to the information sharing policy that allows for some information likely obtained by torture to be used.
National Defence has been unable to implement a policy of enhanced drug screening for troops ready for deployment on short notice, because their own lawyers believe it could run afoul of the Charter.
The fleet of Sea King helicopters has been grounded after an accident at CFB Shearwater, where one of them tipped forward while being taxied to the hangar, and caused the rotors to break into pieces of flying debris. Investigators plan to determine what happened, but I think the answer is pretty much “It’s a Sea King. Enough said.”
Here’s a look at some of the damage suffered by our submarine HMCS Corner Brook after it ran aground. Shortly after this went up, the head of the Navy corrected the record by tweeting that these documents were from a preliminary assessment and that once the ship was out of water, the damage was not that bad and easily repairable.
As competing First Nations organisational meetings are being held in Whitehorse and Saskatchewan, AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo says that First Nations are in a “perpetual state of crisis,” and that conditions won’t improve so long as they continue to splinter into factions.
Recently published historical information shows how government scientists used hungry First Nations communities as test subjects to learn about the nascent field of nutritional science – not that it appeared to come to much.
And iPolitics gives us a satirical look at the first meeting of the new cabinet. And it’s pretty hilarious.