Global Affairs decided it would be a good idea to send a senior representative to the Russian Embassy last week to celebrate Russia Day.
They defended the decision despite Canada’s official position that Russia committed genocide during its illegal invasion of Ukraine.
When all hell broke loose, Global Affairs and Minister Joly promptly apologized, but it was too late. It was such an unfortunate decision that there was no possible rationalization.
Canadians, including many Liberals, have witnessed and bemoaned months of miserable failures in government’s most basic administrative and decision-making processes.
It’s a government-wide approach to incompetence.
INCOMPETENCE OF THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT
All of a sudden, everyone did everything to show how weak the federal government and its countless ministries and agencies have become when it comes to simple public administration.
This isn’t a random spot or an exception, it’s general. Red lights are flashing on the Privy Council Office dashboard but no one is in charge. The PCO is the PM’s ministry, but actually managing things has never been Justin Trudeau’s long suit.
We now have a backlog of two million people at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, an increase of a whopping 35 percent in one year. Think about it for a second: two million cases.
Clearing this backlog is impossible, and it will only continue to grow unless bold decisions are made. For example, in Canada there are already thousands of applicants. Starting with those who have been here the longest (as long as they have never had a criminal record), we must seek amnesty to relieve the system. The endless reviews and revisions have made a dire situation worse and Secretary Fraser has no idea how to fix it.
People are getting paid $50 an hour to stand in line all night to get a number at the passport office for travelers to get their passport because we seem to have forgotten how to issue them. This has never happened before in the history of the country. Why is it happening now?
It’s probably just as well, because the Pearson disaster means you won’t be going anywhere if your travel plans include Canada’s largest airport. The chaos there is also unprecedented. Wait times have skyrocketed, flights are being canceled and the full summer season hasn’t even started yet.
Listening to Minister Alghabra theorize that it must be the fault of travelers who forgot how to take out their laptops for airport security, one has to wonder why he still has a job. Blame the victims? For real?
Curiously, the same minister has just decided he needs to hire hundreds of new screeners. Gosh, I thought it was the travelers fault.
It was entirely predictable that people would want to travel again after the pandemic. It was also easy to foresee that many people would need passport renewals after being detained without a place to stay for two years. It may have been obvious, but the Canadian government appears to have been caught with their pants down. Why?
The hasty decision to have planes filled with unvaccinated people was not the subject of any serious study, it is the result of a panic. What are the foreseeable consequences? Shorter lineups? That’s the hope. More COVID-19 Outbreaks? Most likely.
The writing was on the wall the day Trudeau signed his deal with Singh and essentially received the majority that Canadian voters had denied him.
One of Trudeau’s first decisions after bringing the NDP in lockstep was to approve a mammoth new offshore oil project. Nobody would hold him accountable.
It was a complete betrayal of Trudeau’s signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, but who cares?
The United Nations had just released its most alarming report ever and the Secretary-General had asked the world’s nations not to approve new fossil fuel projects. Trudeau couldn’t have cared less. Canada already had its worst record in the G7 since we signed the agreement and he was re-elected anyway.
Why hold back when there’s no accountability in Ottawa? The Conservatives are in a leadership race and are otherwise occupied. The bloc has become irrelevant and the NDP shares the bottom bunk with the Liberals. Drill baby drills!
Attorney General David Lametti will not lift a finger to defend Canada’s Charter of Rights, even if equality of French and English in court is unilaterally overturned by Quebec’s Bill 96.
Its job is to defend the constitution. Instead, he protects Legault’s sensitivities at Trudeau’s request.
Public Security Minister Marco Medeccino has repeatedly made excuses about invoking the Emergency Measures Act, claiming it was at the request of the police. That was wrong. He tried to extricate himself from this by sending a subordinate to apologize and looked even worse.
Our whole system should be based on ministerial responsibility. You are accountable to Parliament and the public for your decisions and your performance. Why are none of these ministers ever responsible?
The answer is in the PMO. Jet-setting with the Aga Khan in flagrant violation of ethics laws? So what? Breaking the law again by sticking your nose in the pursuit of a big corporation with deep liberal connections? Nobody is perfect!
When he first ran and won as Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau made frank observations about his father’s tendency to centralize governance in the PMO. He promised to be more open and respectful of our institutions.
As journalist Elizabeth Thompson found, Trudeau is actually more secretive than Stephen Harper. Trudeau’s cabinet has issued dozens of secret executive orders since he took office and refuses to even disclose the issues under discussion.
The US is one of the most successful and enduring democracies in the world, but 18 months ago a lying megalomaniac came close to overturning its constitutional order. Thoughtful Americans learned an important lesson from the events of January 6, 2021: Don’t take your democratic institutions for granted.
Same here in Canada. The cost of undermining our institutions, undermining the rule of law and disregarding the fundamental principle of ministerial responsibility is very high.
We may not have armed gangsters scaling the walls of Parliament, but our democratic institutions are indeed fragile and must be cherished and defended.
When power (and incompetence) is left unchecked, mediocrity reigns.
The Prime Minister advocates that they “work non-stop” to solve the myriad problems they have created. Canadians who work pretty much non-stop deserve better.
Tom Mulcair was leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada from 2012 to 2017.
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