Two views of the federal public service
There's this view, expressed today at a ceremony to honour public service excellence in Canada.
"Renewal of the Public Service has never been more crucial than during this global recession." said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "The accomplishments of this year's recipients clearly demonstrate that the Public Service of Canada is a professional and adaptable institution, dedicated to serving Canada during these challenging times."
And then there's this view, expressed by an anonymous, but apparently quite knowledgeable commenter at Parker Donham's website. It appears to come from inside that public service going through such "challenging times."
"The Conservative party does not understand the nature of a professional public service. Indeed, they seem to believe we are all minions for Iggy or Jack and none of us are to be trusted. As you can imagine, the morale of senior executives government-wide is depressingly low as we find our political masters to be blindly-partisan, self-interested and ignorant to what is in the best interest of Canada."