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  • uncivil servant
    August 16, 2012 - 21:27

    I don't know if it's a formal policy but that's the usual practice. It's been that way for as long as I can recall (going back to the Wells years). The normal practice is to contact your equivalent. For example, Directors contact directors, managers to managers, MHA office to Minister, etc. If an MHA was to contact a manager or employee then the response is usually sent back through the Minister's office. The reason is that employees do not want to get dragged into any political games. Likewise, calls from backbencher's office should also go though the minister's office. If a file is considered to be confidential then the managers or employee will not speak with the MHA anyway.

  • What Qualifications
    August 16, 2012 - 10:12

    You do not need any educational or professional qualifications to be political support staff. None. Friends of the Party, bag carriers or bed warmers to the politician. Tat's the problem with the new plan.

  • Richard
    August 16, 2012 - 09:52

    The politcal culture of Danny remains alive and well in this province. Fear, control, intimidation. It's as if he never left.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    August 16, 2012 - 08:52

    If the Dunderdale crowd's poll numbers are any indication, their new approach at trying to micro-manage the flow of information has backfired on them. Not very politically astute, and I'd say there's more than one MHA now worried about Dunderdale's questionable leadership qualities, and how it's all going to play out in the next election. Hell, the woman wouldn't even be there if it wasn't for Danny Williams. The question still remains tho: will the party that forms the next government commit to repealing the Dunderdale'government version of the Official Secrets Act?

  • Scott Free
    August 16, 2012 - 08:12

    ah, the Secret Society known as The Con Party of NL at it's finest. These Harperites have taken on some of the more sinister characteristics of Prorougie Steve and his paranoid American cousins, the Republican Party. The Con Party of NL is more concerned with patronage appointments, lies, deceit, and cover-ups than representing its constituents.

  • Too Funny
    August 16, 2012 - 07:49

    "It’s a violation of people’s confidentiality,”. Huh? If it's confidential then it means government employees cannot talk to you about it as well.