Has Canada entered a Bush-Like Vortex?

No new piece on eaves.ca today as I wrote a special for the Globe and Mail.

The piece is entitled Has Canada entered a ‘Bush-like vortex’? and explores how the Colvin testimony suggests the public service has become compromised in a critical way. Specifically, it suggests that increasingly, public servants are being forced to shape facts and the truth to fit a narrative already constructed by our government. It’s a dangerous path down which president Bush took the American public administration with disastrous results. Here, with out traditions of a greater separation between the political and the bureaucratic, the outcome could be even worse.

Anyway, you read it here on the Globe site. I’ll cross post it tomorrow.

6 thoughts on “Has Canada entered a Bush-Like Vortex?

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  2. Mike Worthington

    Sir,I read your article about Canada's Bush Vortex. As it happens, upon reading Colin's “clarification”, I emailed the ministers involved and commented on how much I liked Stevey's Bush. I mean, now he has is wanton Iraq war complete with it's very own Abu Graib and the wonderful sodomy found inside. I loved your piece. Brilliant. I am shocked that others have not been as moved by this revelation. What is next, Harper fires Shellia Fraser for telling the truth? I wonder how often he ponders the war measures act. A man with his head in the sand and armed with a born again faith is the most scary thing on earth. I hope one day he will become exstinct by his own choice. By opening his heart to the very ideas he holds so dear, and his mind to everything else.

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  3. Veronica

    Nicely done Dave. I hear this from colleagues in other parts of the bureaucracy as well – not sure if I'm just more tuned into it than I used to be, or if there has really been a shift.

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  4. TonyGuitar

    This comment is on thin ice as to relevance, yet I thought you may allow how interesting it is to look back upon your 14 November '07 post re: Hillary. . .[[… no really! (ok, maybe not, but at least great minds think alike!).In a recent speech Hillary Clinton announced that, as president, she would seek to establish an “E8” summit that would include India and China and which would aim to tackle global warming and work towards energy security. “Establishing an “E8” to Speed Global Action to Address Climate Change: Hillary would invite the G8 nations and key developing countries to join the United States in establishing an “E8.” This group would be comprised of the world's major carbon-emitting nations, and would hold an annual summit devoted to international . . . ]]Promises are one thing, but looking back from this vantage point, so soon after said E8 meeting, one seems to have a higher regard for the Hillary lady.More on topic: The real antidote to various government vortex, Bush-like or otherwise, is whistleblower protection legislation.Harper and fellows have passed some here, however, in the USA, years of effort on that score seems to go nowhere at all.fairwhistleblower.ca/wbers/canadian_wbs.htmlIn a small way, I took part in the fray during the Sponsorship scandal, Gomery inquiry and the Alan Cutler saga. Cutler kept detailed notes and a diary over several months. The empowered corrupt had a devil of a time trying to destroy Alan and he did suffer at their hands but in the end popped up clean. http://bendgovernment.blogspot.com/search?q=whi…Cheers, TG

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  5. TonyGuitar

    This comment is on thin ice as to relevance, yet I thought you may allow how interesting it is to look back upon your 14 November '07 post re: Hillary. . .[[… no really! (ok, maybe not, but at least great minds think alike!).In a recent speech Hillary Clinton announced that, as president, she would seek to establish an “E8” summit that would include India and China and which would aim to tackle global warming and work towards energy security. “Establishing an “E8” to Speed Global Action to Address Climate Change: Hillary would invite the G8 nations and key developing countries to join the United States in establishing an “E8.” This group would be comprised of the world's major carbon-emitting nations, and would hold an annual summit devoted to international . . . ]]Promises are one thing, but looking back from this vantage point, so soon after said E8 meeting, one seems to have a higher regard for the Hillary lady.More on topic: The real antidote to various government vortex, Bush-like or otherwise, is whistleblower protection legislation.Harper and fellows have passed some here, however, in the USA, years of effort on that score seems to go nowhere at all.fairwhistleblower.ca/wbers/canadian_wbs.htmlIn a small way, I took part in the fray during the Sponsorship scandal, Gomery inquiry and the Alan Cutler saga. Cutler kept detailed notes and a diary over several months. The empowered corrupt had a devil of a time trying to destroy Alan and he did suffer at their hands but in the end popped up clean. http://bendgovernment.blogspot.com/search?q=whi…Cheers, TG

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