Much has been written about the Chalk River medical isotope crisis, the subsequent Parliamentary vote to solve it, and the eventual firing of the political appointee responsible for the crisis, Linda Keen. Despite Ms. Keen’s incorigible bureaucratic stubbornness, poor judgement, and unapologetic insubordination towards her ultimate boss, the Prime Minister, the media is suddenly atwitter: this is the downfall of the Conservative government!
Hold the phone. Regular people understand:
that incompetence and insubordination are cause for dismissal in any position.
that 13 years of Liberal bureaucratic appointments have been, in many cases, quietly subversive to the agenda of the Harper government, or, in the case of Keen, openly hostile to the “new boss”.
that a change in government means some Liberals will be fired and replaced with Conservatives.
that, as Colby Cosh explained in today’s National Post, Parliament finally worked the way it was supposed to when it met into the night to override the foolish Nuclear chieftress with near unanimity.
that if the media keeps pimping non-stories as if they were the next Watergate (i.e. Mulroney-Schreiber, Guergis-Dion, Emerson-crossing, Garth Turner-spinning), they’ll just be tuned out completely in favour of American Idol and Corner Gas.
Canadian small-c conservatives, recognize this for what it is – another victory as Harper grabs another opportunity to slowly but surely re-shape the out-of-control bureaucracy. Good on him. Columnists of The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and even The National Post (yes, you, Ivison) – understand that the regular people of Canada accept that this is his prerogative, and won’t be fooled into thinking otherwise!
And in case you were worried about the polls, don’t forget – this is the guy Harper gets to run against when the election is finally called: