Now that spring is here and Canada’s New Government™ has come to the realization that they actually know more about how to run Canada’s economy into the ground than they do about running it wisely, they have turned to a new fashion statement. And who better to be first out of the gate that new fashion trend than Maxime Bernier who today was sporting this new “panel” fashion outerwear:
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will soon launch a panel of experts to review Canada's competition policies and propose improvements.
Not wanting to be outclassed or outdone, Jim Flaherty was quick to respond with his own panel fashion statement, however Jim prefers his “panels” as “roundtables”
"To ensure a comprehensive consideration of the factors involved in interest deductibility and a smooth implementation, a Technical Roundtable of tax professionals, chaired by the Department of Finance, will be invited to work with government officials at a technical level to ensure that the proposal functions as intended. This Roundtable is a short-term project that will operate independently of the Expert Panel."
Too bad panels weren’t in fashion last fall, otherwise Fashion Editors like Diane Francis would have had no reason to recently write:
“I dread to imagine what the discussion around the federal cabinet table was last fall concerning measures such as income trusts or interest deductibility restrictions."
Did anyone bring up the potential, unintended consequences?
Was a huge menu, and range of varied options the topic of lively, heated and lengthy discussion?
Were the nuances of capital market reactions, or taxation matters, debated?
Was the obvious alternative of cutting taxes on dividends instead of trashing income trust promises a subject of great discussion?
Were the studies, commissioned by the previous government, and its many other solutions, reviewed carefully over days and nights by all cabinet members so they could deliberate in an authoritative fashion?
Or was talk just about how to finesse the treachery to seniors and Alberta about a promise broken?
Or did it zero in on how this would affect voting results in Quebec?”
As with any fashion, they are fickle, No doubt this panel fad will pass quickly as the Conservatives are simply trying to put out fires by appearing as if they are doing something tangible. Therafter it is certain they will return to their patented and trademarked form of government known as Canada’s New Government (all rights reserved CPC 2007). Speaking of panels and/or roundtables and/or councils, what ever happened to that Seniors Council that was launched by Marjorie LeBreton back a few months ago as the Conservatives hastily patched together something resembling a “we care about seniors” persona (in the belief an election was imminent) after they had summarily terminated the 27 year existence of the Council on Aging? Does the Seniors Council consist of more than that guy from the pension superannuation committee and an employee of the government? Have the new members been indoctrinated in the mindset that destroying seniors nest eggs is a good policy? That’s probably slowing them down a bit.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:37 PM