Musings —11.30.2015 07:45 AM—
Some journalists – well, just one, actually, and I’m not sure I’d even call him a journalist – are upset that hiring is not happening at quicker pace up in Ottawa. The rest of Canada, meanwhile, couldn’t give a hoot.
From today’s Hill Times:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) and his new Liberal government, however, have been busy with a long slate of work: from the UN climate talks in Paris starting Nov. 30, to reinstating the long form census, to ironing out plans to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees, to multiple international meetings, including the G20 and APEC summit, and more. Finance Minister Bill Morneau (Toronto Centre, On.) published an economic and fiscal projections update last week, and there’s also the Speech from the Throne on Dec. 4.
Warren Kinsella, president of Daisy Consulting and a former Liberal staffer during the Jean Chrétien era, said it can take “two to three months” for a new government to get fully staffed up, and while all ministers will be eager to have exempt staff in place to help handle the government’s busy agenda, the process of vetting new staff takes time. It’s also been almost a decade since the Liberals were last in federal government.
“Not only do they usually have to be approved by the PMO, but they have to go through a security background check [by the RMCP], and, in some cases, those can be quite involved … some of those assessments can take weeks or months to conclude and you’re not permitted as a minister to extend an employment offer until it’s done,” said Mr. Kinsella.
“You can bring somebody in on a part-time basis, or on contract, but they’re not allowed to look at any Cabinet documents because they don’t have their security clearance, so there’s kind of no point,” he said, adding that staff don’t just go through security checks but also other party vetting, including checking staffers’ personal history for potential future embarrassments