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At best Hehr's comments, which he doesn't totally deny saying, betray a tin political ear. At worst it projects a stony-hearted attitude which renders him unfit to be the minister in charge of a portfolio where empathy for the suffering is a leading prerequisite, writes Don Martin.
If you passed her on the street, you'd be reminded of a Mrs. Doubtfire or a friendly visitor to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
But if those gentle bespectacled eyes narrow and that unassuming tone turns inquisitional, the most powerful politicians in the land ought to be wary of Mary Dawson, writes Don Martin.
The $5.6-million ice rink on Parliament Hill, which was extended from 24 to 83 days of operation this afternoon as public backlash started to grow is pointless icing on a bland birthday cake, says Don Martin.
It usually takes a full term or two for a government to achieve a level of sufficiently arrogant entitlement to boldly spew patronage, wildly squander money or rule by secretive decree - and it usually hits just before voters throw the bums out. But there are disquieting signs an early outbreak of second-term-itis is already infecting the sunny ways Trudeau government, writes Don Martin.
It always seemed so inside baseball, a big problem for the public service but not a pressing concern in the real world, but the federal government’s severely boondoggled Phoenix payroll system has now reached the level of implementation disaster that’s cause for national taxpayer alarm, says Don Martin.
When crisis communicators of the future need an example of a reputation-shredding failure to enact timely damage control, they will point to the Bill Morneau debacle. By pledging today to sell his Morneau Shepell shares and put all other assets in a blind trust, a minister who had a Boy Scout reputation lost the ability to claim a principled high ground response and was forced into surrender at knife point, Don Martin says.
The updated edict from the Canada Revenue Agency clearly indicated that, while this is an extreme example, discounts and freebies were taxable benefits and must be declared as such on company and individual tax forms. In other words, the government unleashed a Big Mac tax attack, Don Martin writes.