[quote=Lapsed]What stands out to me on the list is the glorified snub Harper has given Stockwell Day. Minister of Public Safety? Might as well still be on the back benches. Looks to me like a sop to the centrists from here.
Well, hold up there. I don’t know what Public Safety means yet. It could mean something along the lines of Homeland Security, gun laws, gang laws, and so on.
As for the centrists, I am just reading through the Globe and Mail. It’s hard to navigate through all the insider articles which I can’t access.
Here is a list of cabinet minister profiles. Not very useful. I need to know what the new ministries do. On to the National Post. Nothing. Toronto Sun. Oh, they don’t mince words in their condemnation of Martin’s Dingwald move. Nothing new. On to the Ottawa Citizen.
Looks like it is the same story across the country. The editorials have not come in yet. OK, there is a press conference. I will see if I can transcribe some stuff if it’s new.
OK. There is a Citizen editorial on a new Canadian Foreign Security Agency. (That looks like a new thread.)
Nothing new from Harper so far: Top priority to clean up government. Tax breaks. And so on.
Let’s see what the Blogging Tories have to say: nothing new. Let’s see what the PM’s office has to say: Ah! Finally! Go to the source:
Two Cabinet committees—Operations and Priorities and Planning—have been created to ensure effective day-to-day governing and to provide strategic direction on priorities for Canadians. Three policy committees—Social Affairs; Economic Affairs; and Foreign Affairs and National Security—will identify the means to achieve these strategic priorities. Finally, Treasury Board will examine initiatives to strengthen government accountability.
In addition, a number of changes to the structure and organization of government have been made to promote accountability, efficiency and effectiveness:
The departments of Human Resources and Skills Development and Social Development have been consolidated into one Department of Human Resources and Social Development…
The departments of Foreign Affairs and International Trade have been reintegrated…
The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists has been transferred from the Industry portfolio to the Treasury Board portfolio as a stand-alone office, to increase its independence while the government works to further revise and strengthen the Lobbyists Registration Act…
A Transport, Infrastructure and Communities portfolio has been created to better link urban, interprovincial and international infrastructure development…
Prime Minister Harper issued a new guide and code of ethics for Ministers and their staff: Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders…
That’s it for now. The editorials will come in later.