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Holly Stick

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It's "The New Canadian Government," peon!
« on: September 19, 2006, 12:12:56 AM »
At the beginning of As It Happens tonight: http://www.cbc.ca/aih/latestshow.html

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...Dr. Andrew Okulitch used to work for the Government of Canada. But at the beginning of the month he was told he had to start referring to his employer as "the New Canadian Government". Dr. Okulitch thought that was silly. That thought -- and its subsequent expression via e-mail -- cost him his job...
He read the email he wrote; which was kind of sardonic, but not that bad; and said he had lots of supportive emails from other employees.

He's right: it is silly; I wonder which petty, mean and spiteful Conservative decided to "fire" him (as an emeritus professor he was not paid, but still had an office).
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2006, 07:45:56 AM »
That is absurd! That is ridiggulous!

But, as St George of Orwell warned us, it is also very very dangerous.

How can they get away with this? Perhaps some of his framing of the email was undiplomatic, but his description of the relation of the government to the people was right on. And does the ADM not recognize that his own job is also a "privilege"?

Och. I wish some commentators would follow up on this.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2006, 08:23:50 AM »
In keeping with Orwell, it is also a misuse of language. "Government of Canada", refers to the State, while "new Government" refers to the party or coalition in power. Since they are such arselickers for the Bush gang, they might as well use the US term "administration".
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006, 12:49:05 PM »
I don't much hang around Government web sites (and maybe I've been conditioned by countless years of LPC rule) but I do notice a lot of CPC "blue" featured these days.

The main Government of Canada site:

http://canada.gc.ca/main_e.html

features a prominent "Canada's New Government" box on the right side of the page.

I'm guessing we're about a month away from the kittens appearing :roll:

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2006, 01:50:32 PM »
All the more ironic when you consider that the whole point of Professors emeritus is that they are supposed to be wise and beyond the considerations of career advancement.  It's supposed to give them the freedom to speak truth to power.

This particular power isn't really interested in truth.  Hell, apparently it can't even handly mockery, much less truth.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2006, 02:47:18 PM »
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This particular power isn't really interested in truth.  Hell, apparently it can't even handly mockery, much less truth.


Thank you arborman. I shall file this away for future personal use.  :)

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2006, 07:59:13 PM »
There's a thread on enMasse about this general topic, based on an earlier news report about the change in phrase:
http://enmasse.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4552&start=0
 
There Reverend Blair says the scientist has been reinstated today, with the blame placed on an underling.  Because of As It Happens, maybe?  Must listen tonight; they'll probably have an update, or at least some talkback.
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2006, 08:15:49 PM »
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I'm guessing we're about a month away from the kittens appearing :roll:


And then, whenever the new Liberal leader is chosen, he* will be depicted eating them.

*Chances are.

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2006, 08:31:48 PM »
CTV report:
right here

And yes, As It Happens is on the story tonight (also talking like a pirate).
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2006, 08:47:31 PM »
'lance wrote:

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And then, whenever the new Liberal leader is chosen, he* will be depicted eating them.


And, if you should see this guy hanging around, be very afraid (he's not only a kitten eater, he's a reptilian from another planet...)


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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2006, 08:54:35 PM »
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He said the policy was "ridiculous and embarrassing'' and said he will use Geological Survey of Canada in any official correspondence "as opposed to idiotic buzzwords coined by political hacks.''


Bravo! The offending words finally spelled out.

Nunn is an arstehole! The New Gov of Canada truly needs to go straight to Gov 101.
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2006, 08:58:26 PM »
Well, on AIH, Lunn covered it prettty well, saying it was a mistake, not laying blame on anyone specific, saying the email was supposed to just be for Ministerial mail, not for civil servants, and that they are proud of being a new government.  He might have been lying through his teeth, but I could not say for sure.
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2006, 09:01:55 PM »
Whatever. Nunn is an ass. Where is our muleface smilie?
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2006, 06:22:16 AM »
In his original interview, Okulitch said pretty clearly, I thought, that the first email was from the ADM. In that CTV report, no one seems to want to be that specific any more.

Ah, well. Group hug.   :wink:

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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2006, 06:22:52 AM »
And a PS: Good for As It Happens! Another AIH blow for freedom! Great program.

 

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