Management Not Very Good

Poor federal management is to blame for the hiring of costly consultants, says a Department of Public Works report. The finding follows evidence that a typical government employee now answers to seven levels of management: "Yes, there is room to reduce some levels of executives."

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“A Small, Competent Gov’t”

Any future Conservative cabinet will run “a small, competent government,” Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre yesterday told the Assembly of First Nations. His remarks followed a doubling of spending on Indigenous affairs with no proportional improvement in services, according to the Budget Office: "What does the bureaucracy in Ottawa have to teach you about good management?"

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Military Members Sad, Alone

Canadian military members feel disheartened and abandoned, says in-house research by the Privy Council Office. All military surveyed said cabinet was “on the wrong track" in national defence: 'This impacted morale including the sense of pride they once felt.'

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Campus China Registry Chill

University teachers seek an exemption from a new federal law that unmasks friends of foreign agents, claiming a "chilling effect." The appeal follows evidence documenting the reach of Chinese agents on campus: "This recruitment strategy is called ‘feed, trap and kill.'"

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99% Of Contract Was Junked

Millions’ worth of ventilators bought from a Québec contractor endorsed by then-Industry Minister Navdeep Bains were junked as scrap metal, Access To Information records disclose. Fully 99 percent of ventilators delivered under a $282.5 million contract with CAE Inc. went to scrap: "I am glad we were able to support CAE."

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Jetted From Morocco To India

The Senate’s leading opponent of fossil fuels in the past year jetted more than 100,000 kilometres to climate conferences from Casablanca to Mumbai, new records show. Senator Rosa Galvez (Que.), a Liberal appointee, called climate change “the greatest challenge of our time.”

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Hidden Subsidy For Jokesters

Cabinet yesterday would not say how many taxpayer dollars it awarded to subsidize two weekends’ worth of stand-up comedy in Montréal. The undisclosed funding was marked “economic development.”

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Feds Keep Eye On Protesters

The Department of Industry in a briefing note says it is monitoring a newly-registered non-profit group that organized anti-Israel street protests. “The government is following this file closely,” said the note: "Complaints regarding illegal activities are referred to the RCMP."

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Back To Square One After $3B

Cabinet yesterday said it’s starting over on equipping a new submarine fleet after spending $3 billion on second-hand vessels that spent more time undergoing repairs than at sea. No budget was detailed: "It should have been evident."

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Panel Hunts For Other Randy

The Commons ethics committee will meet in special session to question Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault’s business partners over the identity of a mysterious executive named "Randy." It follows company texts involving “Randy” that Boissonnault insisted must be someone else: "I do not know who the other Randy was."

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Blair Figures Inflated: Report

Defence Minister Bill Blair inflated numbers on military spending, says a Budget Office report. It follows Department of National Defence in-house polling that found half of Canadians believe the military is underfunded: "Do you feel Canada’s military is underfunded, overfunded or receives about the right amount?"

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MP May Cranky And Cussing

An “angry, cranky” Green MP Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C.) yesterday vowed to lead her Party into another election to show voters how they “f—ked this planet.” May, 70, in rambling remarks to reporters said she felt lucky to be alive and didn’t understand why Canadians have sharp opinions of Justin Trudeau: "This is not right."

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Cops Track Communist Party

The RCMP yesterday appealed for tips from Chinese Canadians after confirming an investigation into election interference by Communist Party agents. The Mounties targeted suspected criminals victimizing Québec residents of Chinese ancestry: "Let's fight interference together."

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All-Labour Report Due Soon

Recommendations on job training and retirement planning from an all-labour committee are due by year’s end, says a Department of Employment briefing note. The committee was appointed last December for ideas to help workers “transition to retirement with dignity.”

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Feds Wasted 14K Ventilators

Almost 14,000 ventilators bought under a $700 million Covid program were immediately warehoused as surplus including devices promptly sold for scrap, according to auditors. The figures were disclosed at the request of Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew-Nipissing, Ont.): 'This is destruction of value for taxpayers.'

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