Your tax dollars at "work" in Toronto:
Today, consultations on Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government continued in Toronto with a public roundtable and an expert panel. Treasury Board President Tony Clement launched the consultations in May to hear directly from Canadians about their ideas for increased openness and transparency in the federal government.
The Toronto event is part of a nation-wide series being held by the Government of Canada. Included in the expert panel were representatives from the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and Open Government enthusiasts, while the public afternoon roundtable was open to all Canadians.
No doubt they were turning away eager crowds at the doors. The safest way to secure a secret in government isn't to hide it deep away in some vault or hard drive, that's the first place people will look, but in plain sight. If you tell the truth people will assume you're lying. Dressing up the truth in boring language makes it a certainty that journalists will leave it alone. The hacking class is surprising lazy and addicted to the sensational.
They're also fond of drink. Then again if you had their job prospects you'd drink too.
Stephen Harper doesn't have a hidden agenda. Neither does Thomas Mulcair or Justin Trudeau. They've admitted their goals a thousand times, just in rather boring ways that don't make for interesting copy. Since they're also practiced hands at this sort of thing, except for Justin, the guys and dolls handing the communications make sure that everything gets labelled dull.
Don't call something socialism, it spooks those nice middle class people in Mississauga who assume you're coming for their single detached three bedroom. Call it social justice. No decent person could be against justice. When you add social it makes it that much better. Like a supercharger on a V8. Or whatever the Left thinks is as cool as a V8 with a supercharger.
Then there is that other magical term: Balancing the budget. Now it sounds like a sober and centrist position. I mean who believes in deficit financing? Well everybody but you're not suppose to admit it out loud. Like dwarf porn. Many watch but few will say so. What it means in practice is one of two things. If an actual conservative uses the term it means that the public service is getting taken to the tool shed. There being few actual conservatives in politics what it usually means is that we'll keep spending until someone makes us stop.
That's when the bond market vigilantes step in. Then everyone blames the bond market for ending the party. The kind politician would love, absolutely love, to spend more money on "X" but those evil Gordon Gekko types won't let him. In truth the bond market traders are no more responsible for a government going broke than a doctor is responsible for giving an alcoholic DT.
The state, observed Bastiat so many years ago, is the great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else. Politics is the lie that this can go on indefinitely. Voters complain about the low levels of honesty in politics. But a dishonest political class is the product of a dishonest electorate. If people want something for nothing, they'll get the lying louses they deserve. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a hundred years in a row and the shame is very much on the ordinary bitchin' voter.