Thursday, November 02, 2017

Trudeau Connecting With Canadians!

I don't recall him saying this on the campaign trail?
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Costs to run Prime Minister Trudeaus office climb higher
First full fiscal year of Liberal government saw rise in costs of operating Prime Minister's Office
By Dean Beeby, CBC News
Posted: Nov 02, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows his children his new office on Parliament Hill in 2015. A new report indicates the cost of running the Prime Minister's Office rose to $8.3 million in 2016-17. (CBC)
The cost of running the Prime Minister's Office has risen to the highest level since 2011.
Justin Trudeau's office cost taxpayers $8.3 million in 2016-17, the latest audited figure available and the first full fiscal year of his prime ministership.
The level is higher than for any year during Stephen Harper's last term of office, 2011-15, a period when the Conservative government was focused on eliminating the federal deficit.
And it's 20 per cent higher than in 2015-16, a year during which Harper turned over the keys to Trudeau after the Oct. 19, 2015, election. The vote followed an unusually lengthy 78-day campaign, when the PMO operated at reduced levels, for a total of $6.9 million.
Opposition Conservative MP Peter Kent said the latest cost increase is not surprising, "given the Liberals' tendency to spend pretty wildly.… It's in line with actions across the board as a free-spending government."
But a Trudeau spokesperson defended the rise, saying it reflects the prime minister's commitment to connecting with Canadians.
"Unlike the previous Conservative government, this prime minister and our office have made a commitment to engage heavily and regularly with Canadians, Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories, and stakeholders," said Cameron Ahmad, manager of media relations in the PMO.
"Current funding levels for the PMO reflect this increased degree of engagement, and account for more domestic travel and meetings with Canadians.
The $8.3 million — which includes salaries and benefits of political staff, transportation, communications, and professional services — is surpassed by two years during Harper's 2006-15 period in power, that is 2009-10 ($9.7 million) and 2010-11 ($8.9 million).
Higher during EAP rollout
But the Conservatives then and now have defended that higher spending as directly linked to the rollout of the Economic Action Plan (EAP), the massive spending program designed to cushion Canada's economy from the fallout of the global economic meltdown of 2007-08.
The PMO, for example, hired an additional 20 people in 2009-10 for government communications partly to inform Canadians about the EAP.
"The bump that we had during the … Economic Action Plan was when there was an awful lot of additional time, effort and staff put into pushing out infrastructure dollars," Kent, the party's ethics critic, said in an interview.
The audited costs of running the PMO are contained in the annual Public Accounts of Canada, tabled in Parliament each fall. The document separately accounts for each foreign trip by the prime minister, travel amounts that are not included in the expenses of running the office.
In September last year, two aides in the Prime Minister's Office repaid part of the total of $207,000 they had received for expenses in moving to Ottawa from Toronto following the 2015 election.
Trudeau's chief of staff, Katie Telford, and principal secretary, Gerald Butts, said in a joint statement at the time that "we were eligible to be reimbursed for a bunch of costs that we don't feel comfortable about."
"While the rules were clear and we followed them, we both know that's not always enough."
Telford said she would reimburse $23,373, and Butts $41,618, while the prime minister ordered a review of the moving policy.
Standardized, audited costs for all ministers' offices became available only in 2008, when the Federal Accountability Act, introduced by the Conservatives soon after taking office, required public reporting of all expenses, including political staff costs in aggregate.

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Trudeau and the problems of populism
He’s more vulnerable than most to the insulating effects of power
Susan Delacourt
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Future historians may have a hard time explaining why citizens in a populist mood are putting powerful families in high office these days.
Anti-elite Americans opted to be governed by Donald Trump, a billionaire who has installed his family members as deputies in the White House. It’s been a while since I looked at my old political theory texts, but I think family rule is kind of the opposite of populism.
In France, presidential contender Marine LePen is urging citizens to vote for her in the second round of the election and end the rule of “arrogant elites” in her country. LePen is a second-generation leader of the Front Liberation, daughter of Jean-Marie LePen, who led the party from its foundation in the 1970s to 2011.
Here in Canada, it’s been fascinating to watch how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also a second-generation politician, simultaneously presents himself as a member of the elite and a populist.
Both aspects of his public persona been on display during Trudeau’s flurry of public appearances and media interviews this week, sometimes within minutes of each other.
In his sit-down interview at Vice Canada headquarters on Monday, devoted mostly to the subject of marijuana legalization, Trudeau talked about his brother getting busted for pot possession (which could happen to anyone), but rescued from criminal prosecution by his powerful father and his legal connections (which could not happen to just anyone).
“When he (Michel) got back home to Montreal, my dad said, ‘OK, don’t worry about it.’ He reached out to his friends in the legal community, got the best possible lawyer and was very confident that he was going to be able to make those charges go away,” Trudeau told Vice.
Was Trudeau aware that little anecdote was leaving himself open to charges of elitism? “The Trudeaus seem to have their own set of rules don’t they?” Conservative leadership contender Lisa Raitt said on Twitter.
Trudeau often makes reference to his privileged background growing up at 24 Sussex, presumably to pre-empt critics who attempt to hold it against him. At other times, he seems to wear his privilege almost a badge of political courage — presenting himself as the kind of politician who isn’t afraid to say he goes on expensive vacations or has an international circle of wealthy friends.
When Trudeau was in opposition, he was fond of saying that child care benefits shouldn’t go to people like him or the former prime minister, Stephen Harper, who didn’t need the money.
Trudeau was talking about his “lucky” life again this week when he did a podcast with Jonah Keri, senior writer for CBS Sports in the U.S.
“I was lucky. I mean, I grew up the son of the prime minister, I went to great schools, got to travel around the world, I’ve been to, like, 55 different countries before I was 13. I’ve now been to close to 100, mostly through traveling in my 20s and early 30s, backpacking. A lot of different experiences that I was really lucky to get that I might not have gotten had I not had the opportunities,” he said.
And yet, during that same interview, Trudeau talked a lot about the importance of staying connected to ordinary citizens and voters — and how he and Trump were elected because of people’s sense of anxiety. “This is the thing that’s so fascinating to me,” Trudeau told Keri. “The anxiety did lead to the (2015 election) result that we got.”
The prime minister went on to describe how many Canadians, like Americans, were experiencing a crisis of faith in the idea of ‘progress’ — the belief that the future would be better for them and their children. That belief creates social cohesion, Trudeau said.
“When you have confidence that the future is going to get better for everyone, you’re not going to get jealous of your neighbour, you’re not trying to knock down the guy down the street, you know that hey, there’s room for all of us to succeed.” When that confidence is missing, Trudeau said, anxiety-ridden populism is the result.
The podcast with Keri is definitely worth a listen. It confirms, for instance, that Trudeau’s renewed penchant for campaign-style encounters with Canadians in the wake of the U.S. election seems driven by a worry that, in power, he’ll become disconnected from ordinary people’s concerns, out of touch with the sense of “anxiety” that got both him and Trump elected.
“I’m the person that Canadians chose in 2015 to make all the sucky decisions,” Trudeau said. “That’s why, a couple of months ago, I did, as if it was a campaign again, a series of open town halls.”
The prime minister essentially admitted to the world that he’s worried about the insulating effects of power. “The more you can have real, unfiltered conversations with people, the harder it is to get detached from them in this office.”
Trudeau also talks in the podcast about how Canadians have grown more sophisticated and “canny” about how politicians are marketing to them, and the need to speak with candour — a tip he might like to pass along to those writing talking points for him and his ministers in question period.
Maybe we’ll see that when the House resumes at the end of the month. For now, the PM appears to be plugged into a whirl of events he describes as “connecting” with Canadians, talking to them as a both a celebrity and a member of the elite who empathizes with their everyday concerns.
Once upon a time, that contradiction would be hard to juggle. These days, it seems to be what populists demand.

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WOW!!! Trudeau Sets World Record In Avoiding Questions!!!
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Trudeau must do a better job of connecting with Canadians online: memos
Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacts as he is asked a question about the new Star Wars movie during a town hall meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday December 16, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau's advisers are warning that the federal government needs to do a better job of connecting with Canadians -- especially online -- in order to keep pace with ever-evolving public expectations.
The new landscape is being shaped by policy complexity, rapid technological change, limited finances and increasing demands for citizen involvement, say internal briefing memos prepared for the prime minister.
More and more, people expect the government to include them early and often in the design of policy and programming choices that affect them, say the notes, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
"There is a gap in Canada between how citizens communicate with each other and with private sector service providers (e.g. banks) and their experience with the federal government," says one memo.
In order to remain relevant to Canadians, the government needs to focus on delivering high-quality, factual digital content.
However, government is often bogged down by red tape, the need for signoffs from various layers of management and barriers to effectively spending money and assigning people to tasks, the notes say.
The memos point out other problems and hurdles:
-- the access-to-information system that allows people to make formal requests for government files is "time-consuming and expensive to administer";
-- Canadians are "broadly concerned and uncertain" of how the government uses their personal information, whether it be for law enforcement, national security or other purposes;
-- the government is grappling with cyberthreats to its information holdings from so-called 'hacktivists,' criminals and others.
The notes suggest updating the outmoded 2006 federal communications policy to reflect the "voracious demand" from Canadians for online information and the rising use of mobile devices.
Information published on the prime minister's website and social media accounts must be factually accurate and non-partisan -- tenets that should be enshrined in a new communications policy, the advisers say.
Government advertising is seen to be "partisan in nature" at times, another shortcoming that must be addressed in the revised policy, the notes stress.
The Conservative government was pilloried by critics for lavish multimillion-dollar ad campaigns that seemed to convey little useful information.
The Privy Council Office is already working with Treasury Board officials to ensure potential amendments to the policy include "clear accountabilities for non-partisanship" when it comes to ads.
These days, many policy problems -- from climate change to terrorism and security -- develop and shift rapidly and unexpectedly, with little time for government to analyze and respond effectively, the notes say.
The federal public service is responding by trying to support innovation across government and highlighting successful pilot projects and new approaches.
For example, Heath Canada is using number-crunching tools to assess and predict whether imported consumer goods are likely to comply with health standards before they enter Canada.
The Trudeau government "could consider making a high-level, public commitment" to encourage departments to take such new paths, the notes say.
However, other challenges lie in attracting young, skilled workers to the public service and ensuring federal agencies are free of harassment and discrimination.
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