Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Novel Communications Approach

I won't quibble with the support that PM Harper appears to command currently. However, the positive accounts we are given of Harper require some explanation. He is lauded for his unapologetic self-confidence, drawing comparisons to Chretien, etc.

This raises a question: If Mr. Harper is as assured of his self and government as we are instructed to believe, why does he feel compelled to do this?

A scientist/author/bureaucrat, employed by Environment Canada, was instructed not to make a promotional speech about his novel. Novel.

A synopsis, from the publisher's website:

"When desperation for fresh water finally becomes so critical that anarchy erupts throughout the major cities of America, Eastland is mysteriously assigned to scout Canada. The country has long resisted opening its taps of fresh water to its neighbor and ally to the south. Eastland finds both friends and adversaries in Canada. As well, he finds the world's largest supply of fresh water.
Canada's resource causes a crisis in the American-Canadian relationship until the countries are at war..."

This is a pseudo sci-fi novel of an imagined future.

I had planned a serious post about the value of a multitude of voices in the business of governance, but I'm not sure I'd be able to take myself seriously anymore. Instead, I will suggest that if this government seeks to keep the fiction of our imaginations 'on point', then it is likely to be crushed under its own weight.


Blogger Steve said...

Yeah this is crap, obviously. And why are they reducing money for Kyoto if the targets are unrealistic? Doesn't that sense? Hopefully some sassy conservative blogger will set me straight. I look forward to it.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Sorry I don't have more to add. Pretty profound eh?

11:44 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Every sunrise uncovers a new horror from Ottawa... You think you've heard it all: cabinet ministers muzzled, General Hillier muzzled, and now a civil servant who wrote a novel - whose sales will now be going through the roof - muzzled. Muzzled as in threatened with losing jobs and perks.

PMS sez:
"We were elected on a particular platform. Our commitment to the people of Canada is to go ahead with that platform. That will include measures we're going to develop over the next year or so to deal with both pollution and greenhouse gases, and I obviously not only hope but expect that all elements of the bureaucracy will be working with us to achieve those objectives."

Nicely put, Il Duce. But how humiliating for someone who's put years into their career to have some idiot newbie come along and tell him to shut up or he's outta there!!

You know, in a few months -- very few, I wish - Harpo himself might be outta there. He will get his pension and join a lobbying firm like John Reynolds did, but the civil servant will still be out of his job. And possibly pension.

11:58 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Steve - no worries, not exactly a profound post to begin with.

1:37 PM  

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