Harper’s Cabinet need not have any background facts, reinforces greater Cabinet secrecy
By eliminating the background analysis component of MCs, what the current PM has ensured, with mandarin support, is that Cabinet records themselves have now become more sanitized, compromised, and even more brazenly secret.
The PMO: Canada is stuck on excluding a broad array of records as Cabinet ‘confidences.’ This has set the tone and provided cover for a general culture of secrecy. Yet when Cabinet records are released after 20 years, it’s hard to see what the fuss is all about. The vast majority of such records are sanitized summary data, pretty mundane, and hardly contain the full and frank discussions reputed to be in them. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright