At the same time, Harper took another shot at the head of the CNSC, Linda Keen, mocking the Liberals for initially suggesting "the government should simply sit back and let Ms. Keen and the commission resolve this in their own good time."Absolutely she should stay on. No wonder Harper's got a deficit in his support among the women of Canada.
On Tuesday, Harper directly blamed the "Liberal-appointed" NCSC for keeping the reactor shut down and putting lives in jeopardy due to the resultant shortage of radioisotopes used in diagnostic cancer and cardiology tests.
The prime minister's clearly-stated lack of confidence in Keen, a career bureaucrat who insists she has no political affiliation, has raised questions about whether she can continue in her post. But CNSC spokesman Aurele Gervais said "she has every intention of staying on."
And it's quite the message to those occupying similar positions on government commissions. The Prime Minister might come at you and blame you if there's the slightest upsetting of the government applecart. You're to blame as you are a Liberal appointee. And inherently, you're tainted. Partisan blinders dictate to this Prime Minister, despite the objective evidence of the qualifications of such persons for these positions. Scott Tribe vetted those at issue yesterday and found the Liberal appointees to be shockingly eminently qualified to regulate nuclear safety.
But none of that matters to Mini Bush, because it's all about saving his hyper-partisan ass. And discrediting a legitimate government regulator, in league with the conservative philosophy of government we've witnessed during the painful years of the Bush administration. The more you taint the government's institutions with partisanship, the less faith people have in them. And the less motivated people are to care about it due to the disillusionment with its effectiveness.
Well done, Mini Bush. Well done.