Federal Bureaucracy Sick of Liberals Too!
A grim message came from former deputy minister Harry Swain, who said the federal bureaucracy is being driven to "breakdown" by unnecessary and costly rules brought in by Martin.
I warned about these bureaucrat fellows here.
"Ridiculous and surreal impositions are raining on the public service from management theorists and politicians -- sometimes the same person -- seeking to bury Gomery"
"Two hundred and thirty-eight new rules, plus legions of comptrollers and auditors, will not prevent malfeasance if a prime minister decides that a higher cause justifies playing fast and loose with the rules."
"What it did, of course, was take tens of thousands of small businesses all across the country -- many of them owned by active and politically engaged citizens -- and tell them that they now had to slipstream some large company, a company which raised the little guy's prices by 15 to 30 per cent for the privilege of riding on its standing-offer coattails. Gosh, imagine Liberals inventing toll-gating."
Swain described as "silliness" Brison's plan to sell some, or all, of Ottawa's $3.5 billion in real estate holdings -- and then lease those buildings back. "And your people think their cubicles are small now," he joked, adding: "It's a slam dunk that the vapourish 'savings' that are apparently already booked cannot survive examination by rational people."
This "son-of-Public Works ... would be as efficient as Piggly-Wiggly but for the fact that they are unpractised in these new realms and hence take twice as long and cost three times as much."