In her National Post column last week the Conservatives come up short:
In a second column the Liberals faired even worse:
....two dozen people who are qualified to run a charity, launch a special-interest group or be Minister of Justice because they are lawyers.
...only one person qualified to be Minister of Finance [David Emerson].
...."talent pool" is so bereft it is downright worrisome.
...no savvy technocrats ...no street smarts. This is a crew capable of running Greenpeace, a farm, giving university lectures or running a law firm.
This week’s column covers the NDP and the Bloc. No surprises here:
...both have different names but are, at the root, merely European labour parties.
The recommended solution:
...[neither have any MPs] who would have the slightest clue about the nuances of tax, capital markets, income trust or most economic policies.
Canada's governance gap could be closed if candidates:That’s what I like about the American system - a separate, appointed, highly qualified executive branch to run the government.
1) were required to pass a rigorous economic IQ test and
2) were paid the average of their past five years' salary with a cap of $500,000. This would encourage trained applicants to run.
However, it’s unlikely that anything will change (for the better) anytime soon - so I guess we just have to count our blessings and be thankful we’re as well off as we are.