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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.

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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.

 

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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 Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, September 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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