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The position has been vacant for most of the year, and the opposition has exploited the weakness. " — 61 — Stewart Braddick: Newly hired, he will assume responsibility for "the important outreach function" across the province as the government implements its legislative program. As cabinet secretary, he is the province's top civil servant. Appointed by the premier, he in turn, appoints the deputy ministers and is the obedient conduit through which they report to Mr. Harris. Two newcomers: the premier's office recently hired lawyer Paul Paton as justice and social-policy advisor and gave special assistant Rob Nicol responsibility for social and municipal policy.
To do all this in such a short time, Mr. Harris has played fast and loose with the democratic process. He has surrounded himself with a cadre of young, fervently ideological advisors to do his bidding. Grassroots supporters who thought the party would emphasize democratic debate, plebiscites and local decision-making have been shocked. In the Harris Kremlin, power flows from the centre. ") Over the years it has been customary for deputy ministers and political staff to develop initiatives for their ministers, who then bring them to cabinet.
From November 30 to December 1, 1998, John Hotson and I attended an international conference, organized by the Fraser Institute, on the implications of severe government debt. " the conference was a continuing part of the debt-fright campaign to batter Canadians into accepting the destruction of the social programs and the assault on the public sector—an example of how the new right makes change happen. The Institute has tremendous resources. S. The seriousness of Canada's debt problem, the fact that a large fraction of this debt is held by foreigners and the fiscal threat implicit in the possibility of Quebec separation, are all sober truths about which much useful information emerged as speakers explored variations on the conference theme.