Who's next? Anyone?
On his blog today, David Eaves carries an anonymous note from a public servant, wondering whether the resignation of Canada's chief statistician will set off a larger chain of reflection/reaction from within the public service. We hear hints almost every day of civil-service unease with the hyper-political bent of this government -- you just don't see many public servants standing up for themselves so publicly. But maybe it only takes one brave soul to inspire some bravery in others>
Of course, the unease works both ways. Back in 2007, after a year in power, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say in an interview with the CBC's Rex Murphy.
"Probably the most difficult job, you know, practical difficult thing you have to learn as a prime minister and ministers, our ministers as well, is dealing with the federal bureaucracy. ... It's walking that fine line of, of being a positive leader of the federal public service, but at the same time pushing them and not becoming captive to them. ... I could write a book on that one."
Personally, I think he should be working on this tome before he tackles the hockey book. It could be a LOT more interesting.