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INAC split about ‘manipulating’ ministerial structure to show progress

By Angelo Persichilli      

In Canada, the most powerful tool to camouflage failure is not the manipulation of the words but the manipulation of the structures.

Carolyn Bennett, pictured, has seen her ministerial responsibilities halved, and will now handle Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs, while Jane Philpott takes over the management of Indigenous services. The Hill Times file photo

TORONTO—The decision of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to divide ministerial responsibilities for Indigenous issues reminds me of Italy’s politicians. The only difference is that while the latter manipulate the Italian language to camouflage their inability to solve the problem, the former is manipulating the structure to give the impression that something is different.

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