21 July 2016

Just call it the spoils system.

So the Liberals replace twenty four Conservative appointed ambassadors to foreign nations with twenty four Liberal Ambassadors. I don't actually have much to say about that: that's what the parties do when they are elected. But then foreign affairs minister Stefan Dion comes out and says the changes were made to better reflect the diversity of Canada. Now that is Orwellian Newspeak: having all ambassadors members of one party is now diversity.

He could have said that he is changing the ambassadors because the new ambassadors are morein line with current government policy.  He could have been truly honest and announced that to the victors go the spoils.  But no:  He announced that the old ambassadors ticked the wrong boxes, the new ones ticked the right boxes, and he called that diversity. What's even worse: I think he sincerely believes it.

That's really bad.  I expect politicians to lie, but when they start believing their own lies, we're in real trouble.

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