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Ottawa asks McKinsey to generate “big ideas” for Canada’s post-COVID economy

Politics Insider for November 24th: Pierre Poilievre’s rhetoric on “The Great Reset” is a “mixed blessing”. Don Iveson won’t run for a third term and a Wikipedia joke in the federal bureaucracy

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As early as May, when the first wave of the pandemic began to cool in Canada, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development called for bidders. At the bottom of the appendix to the document intended to tell potential bidders what the work would mean, ISED instructed the winner to “conduct an analysis of key strategic industrial sectors” and “trigger great ideas. “The project included” modeling the medium and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and assessing opportunities and vulnerabilities for the Canadian industry “. The government wanted “options for the” art of the possible “for an overarching, strategic response by Canadian industry to drive the growth of the digital and sustainable sector.”

ISED appeared to be planting the seeds for a plan “Better to deconstruct” in a post-pandemic world. Yesterday a winner of the Contract for $ 452,000 popped up: McKinsey, the global consultancy led by Dominic Barton– a top economic advisor to the young liberal government – until he appeared as Canada’s ambassador to China.

The Great Reset consists mostly of just liberals blowing off steam: Mostly. Paul Wells, who writes in Macleans, takes a close look at the Trudeauian view of the rhetoric “Better to build back”. And he has a critical eye on Tory MP Pierre PoilievreThe Prime Minister’s own amped-up takedown of the worldview. Sure, liberals aren’t into that socialist conspiracies of the world government that float in the internet. But Poilievre, Wells writes, is not always wrong.

Pierre Poilievre is “often a double-edged sword. “He’s going too far, he’s playing in the stands, and I think if he were a US Republican Senator, for example, he’d be promoting Donald Trump’s attack on democracy for the sake of the team, rather than discouraging them for the sake of the constitution. Because of this, I hope he will not be Canada’s finance minister. But he’s not always wrong either. Only last summer did Poilievre have this crazy idea that the government was spending millions building Trudeau a secret villa at Harrington Lake, and damn it, if it wasn’t mostly true.

Last month your newsletter correspondent wrote picturesquely about lobster fishing Malpeque Bay, PEIdesperate for a new port. Create strong winds and changing tides treacherous conditions in the channel between the fishing quay and the open water. They hope the government will raise some of the nearly $ 42 million cost of a new, safer harbor just a short drive away. But Ottawa doesn’t make any promises and has just released one new dredging contract for up to three years of work that could cost $ 2 million before tax.

Edmonton’s popular two-term mayor, Don Ivesonhe announced does not run for a third term Iveson won 62 percent of the vote in 2013 and 72.5 percent of the vote in 2017. What can a popular progressive former mayor do? For example, could he look for another job in the province in the same city? Could he be a western voice for a non-conservative party in the lower house? Iveson that once rode an escalator with Maclean and offered a place for where Canada should be in 2020 is only 41 years old.

Minister for Public Security late last week Bill Blair presented the RCMP’s 2019 annual report on firearms. One of the tables in the report shows the number of gun licenses by province and territory. We have compiled and determined the per capita data Yukon leads with 19.2 licenses per 100 inhabitants. Newfoundland and Labrador rank second at 14.7 per 1,000. Alberta sits in eighth place (7.45) while Ontario is 12th (4.3). PEI has the lowest licenses per capita at 4.1. (These do not indicate the total number of weapons, only the number of licenses issued. In 2017, the Switzerland-based survey on small arms put Canada at 34.7 civilian firearms per 100 people, well below the American mark of 120.5.)

The tireless @ GCEdits Bot caught an officer red-handed Prank Wikipedia editing. At around 2:30 p.m. in Ottawa, a worker from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) edited the list of laws of the same name – named after someone like Murphy’s Law – by adding Innopertune Lunch Law: “The principle that no matter how free or ready for lunch you feel, a task will arise that requires your immediate attention as soon as you sit down to eat.” A perfect joke to use, but our joke article misspelled and misunderstood the definition of the word of the same name (the entry was deleted minutes later). Here’s a better joke: “What did I tell the bored bureaucrat? ISED, do better.

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