Peace, order and good government, eh?: All the news that’s fit to bury

Peter Kent certainly isn’t the first minister in the Harper cabinet to bury an inconvenient report for months, only to finally release it when he figures it’ll do the least damage. But given his long career as a broadcast journalist, he’s probably the one who ought to have the best understanding of the importance of ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: I guess one man’s core service is another man’s redundancy

When reports about job cuts at Environment Canada surfaced last year, we were assured by Environment Minister Peter Kent that there would be no consequences for “core services.” We heard the usual talking points about efficiency and streamlining and eliminating duplication and we were told that any vital work would continue. That same post linked ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Streamline? Or gut like a fish?

The Globe and Mail‘s headline on yesterday evening’s story was “Ottawa wants to streamline environmental reviews”. After some discussion about eliminating inefficiencies and duplication, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver summed things up for us: We respect the integrity of the regulatory process but we do need to get these projects approved. Which does make it ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Yesterday in Gutter Politics

This time it’s Peter Kent and Aaron Wherry has the details. Given his long career in journalism I would have thought that more than most Conservatives, Kent would be aware of the meaning of the words he uses and would use them a bit more judiciously. Obviously I’d be wrong. Maybe a willingness to get ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Why am I not surprised?

May 19, 2011: A majority Conservative government will move ahead with regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada …, says Environment Minister Peter Kent. … “The oilsands … will be in the next set of regulations that will come down after the coal-fired electricity generating sector,” Kent said. “We’ll be addressing that later this ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

The Harper Government™ has been doing such an awesome job of protecting the endangered woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta that a Federal Court has decided to step in and order the Environment Minister to actually do his job. [Justice Peter Crampton] said Jim Prentice, the former federal environment minister, never explained why he decided against ...

Our "world class" tarsands PR monitoring plan

This week saw our federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers, minus Ontario, trot out a joint communique describing the tarsands as “sustainable and responsible”, even as the Cons were simultaneously slashing the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency budget by 43% and its staff by 33%. This was a follow-up to last year’s gutting of the agency’s authority to carry out ...