Bill Rompkey, pictured, was the kind of guy you’d want to grow up to be, or show you the ropes in political Ottawa, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
A significant implication of the report is that Canada is given a single chance to implement 17 recommendations to avoid having WBNP placed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, a significant international black eye.
The fact that this man was 'known to MI5' is not proof of a 'failure of intelligence' as many ill-informed pseudo experts will bray, but merely demonstrates how difficult counter terrorism really is. MI5 and its partners have foiled 50 plots in recent years and to expect 100 per cent success is fantasy.
The new administration had two choices: delay the release indefinitely while scrubbing the massive text down to the last semicolon to assure attitudinal compatibility with its views; or release it at an obscure time without publicity. The administration chose the latter approach.
With the release of the federal budget 2017, this week is a real opportunity for our current government to send a message to the rest of the world that, despite the current political climate, we take our fresh water seriously, we are working together, and that Canada is still a leading force in environmental protection.