Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Canada's New Boondoggle

Did you hear the story about the public servant who was fired for refusing to use the Conservative phrase "Canada's New Government" in official correspondence? It happened last September, and now Rick Mercer has posted the email exchange that got the guy fired (it was originally published in Harper's. Why an American magazine?). It is an excellent, excellent two-minute read, and I highly recommend it, even if you aren't planning to join the public service. You'll be pleased to know that the scientist, Andrew Okulitch, was rehired after the misunderstanding.


sarah said...

That was highly entertaining, I must say. Maybe it's because when I worked for the government I had to write letters all the time. They end up going through at least 3 people before they ever get sent out, so even if I wouldn't have put it in there, someone else would have done so for me. Do you think they still use that? They're hardly new anymore... ha!

Erin Riley said...

In fact, they're celebrating their one year anniversary today.

sarah said...

And that, my friends, is why I am a contractor--not an employee--of the provincial government. No muss, no fuss, no alliances needed.