Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Does Sir Mix-a-Lot like booty?

From the "Yes, That Is A Rhetorical Question!" file comes the header of Murray Campbell's column today: "Will the Liberals consult us to death?"

He's referring to the Ontario Liberals, but he might as well be talking about the federal Liberals, or for that matter the Alberta PCs.

I like the idea of governments actively soliciting input from the citizenry, but these interminable consultations have become ubiquitous in Canadian governments. They principally serve to:

A) Obscure the fact that the government was elected unprepared to govern, and/or
B) Provide butt-coverage for a policy, or lack of policy, that might be remotely unpopular

I've been harping about transparency and accountability since I started this blog, and I'm sick of our elected representatives passing off their responsibilities, whether literally or as a matter of perception. I'm actually reconsidering my CRTC position, and thinking that maybe MPs should be the ones who decide who gets on the air: at least then we all know who to look to when we're unhappy with the situation.

A note: this post's title is cribbed directly from NewsRadio, Episode 40, which was absolutely my 1997 Laugh of the Year.


At 11:05 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed. I see Pat Nelson is sending out a survey today to ask us what we want to do with the surplus - didn't we already do one of these?

Since 'retiring the debt' seems to have been the major goal of this Government for more than a few years, you would think that they would have come up with some ideas about what to do when they find the end of the rainbow.

Besides, has this Government ever taken these surveys seriously?


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