Sliding willingly into the 7th level of hell

Stephen Harper has appointed Stephen Richardson as the Associate Deputy Minister of Finance.

Richardson is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Now, is it just me or do you agree that ADM at the Department of Finance would be like slow, grinding torture for the former CEO of the CTF?

I mean the Tories have cranked up spending on virtually all fronts since arriving on the scene. Equalization, more EI, more provincial transfers, new TPC funding program and I read last week they have actually reworked and relaunched the sponsorship program that was the source of all the problems for the Libs in Quebec. More dough for biofuels plants in western Canada. On and on. Serve it up.

So, I would think that Richardson will be yelling “Don’t tase me, bro‘” on a daily basis. It will be like clipping electrodes to his nipples and zapping him hourly.

Oh, I know you CTF supporters think you are getting and ‘inside guy’ and that CTF thinking will pervade the federal Dept. of Finance.

But think about it. With the current political context, do you really think that PM Harper of Canada’s New Government is really going to ease up on the pork barrelling?

Don’t tase me, bro!

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0 Responses to Sliding willingly into the 7th level of hell

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOL! Classic David. I get a kick out of John Kerry whose monotone voice you can hear in the background (while the guy in getting the once over by police) saying, “that’s a great question”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It seems all governments have slipped into a voter-induced comma that merely requires free spending and big PR (are you tired of the “Canada’s New Government” slogan yet?)

    When is the last time meaningful economic policy was debated or implemented in this country? I think back to the Mulroney government who brought in both free trade and the GST in a storm of controversy and rightfully so; it was big stuff. The coffee shop talk was all about these issues. Now, our economy is where it is today, in part, because of these policies.

    Maybe the tide turned when the Liberals were elected on the promise to abolish both the GST and free trade. When they did not deliver, they did not say, wait a minute, these are good policies and now that we looked at them we are leaving them in place. They merely ignored their promises. These were not casual promises on a long list; these are the issues that got them elected.

    Since then, I cannot think of a single policy that had or has the potential to influence the country’s future (the sponsership scandel does not count). Politcians have become spineless puppets that will do just about anything to get re elected. We need a focus on policy development as we cannot count on 25-year old successes to sustain us.

  3. mikel says:

    Keep in mind that politics doesn’t stand still. Here’s an interpretation for you. Mulroney barely got elected on free trade. That’s a two sided argument, depending on what aspect of free trade or aspect of the economy, then that could be good or bad. Just take a look at mad cow, PEI potatoes, or softwood lumber. And I still have to pay duties on stuff I buy online from the US.

    As mentioned elsewhere, the canadian economy is barely being propped up. If ontario had lost the toyota deal then ontario would be looking dicey-and it still is. Like they say, when all your eggs are in one basket, don’t skip to grandma’s.

    But what free trade and the 93 referendum on the constitution showed canadian elites is that canadians can’t be trusted. That’s why when you look at the SPP and other trade initiatives, they are all being done behind closed doors with hardly any media attention.

    Of course Harper lied about as many things as Chretien, but worse than that is simply the ‘not saying anything’. It’s easy not to lie when you don’t actually say anything (see the first blog post for more on that).