Friday, September 19, 2008

Politically responsive, or politically independent?

Steve Harper not only refused to fire Gerry Ritz yesterday, he make the insult even worse by questioning the motivation of bureaucrats who leaked the story of Ritz' remarks.

If you want to do that Steve, then please answer this question: Do you want a bureaucracy that is professional and independent; or do you want one that is not free to offer policy advice even before you make a final decision? We expect cowering public servants in places like Mainland China and Libya -- not in Canada.

This, and the news that the Cons wants to kill meat inspection in Manitoba with the hopes of carrying the policy nationwide. (HT to Femme Verte.)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Food inspection is too important to contract out or privatize. We need our federal inspectors, in fact we need more to make sure the job gets done everywhere. This is for the benefit of both the farmers who provide the food and people in both city and country that eat the food.

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