Now, come one, we all know what that highlighted section really means, and if we don't where have we been and what the hell is wrong with us?
Sensitive plans to turn over food inspections and labelling to industry and also led to the firing of the scientist who stumbled upon them.
Luc Pomerleau, a biologist with a 20-year "unblemished record" in government, said he was fired last week for "gross misconduct' and breaching security because he sent the documents to his union. Pomerleau, who is a union steward, also was deemed "unreliable," which means he no longer has the security clearance to do his job or to work again in the public service.
The documents appear to involve a re-organizing of food inspection that will shift more of the onus for food safety to the suppliers that manufacture and distribute food and other products. It's a direction in which the agency has been heading for years and the union has long voiced concerns about the impact of such a shift on jobs and the food safety of Canadians.
The changes are part of the government's strategic review, which requires departments to find savings worth five per cent of their operating budgets to be reallocated to priorities of the Harper government. The document, marked confidential, is a letter from Treasury Board Secretary Wayne Wouters to CFIA President Carole Swan, explaining that the government approved the proposed cuts, but warned some have "communication risks," so will have to be deferred until a communication plan is ready.
What this REALLY means: Some of these proposed changes are going to make the people, the voters, the taxpayers very unhappy, especially after we spouted off on how safe we wanted the food/drug supply to be , a la Bill C-51. (but then , that had nothing to do with safety) So keep this quiet, until we put together a 'communication plan' that means a pr or propaganda campaign to convince Canadians how good this really is for them, NOT!
Food Inspector Canned for Spilling the Beans
Scientist fired after circulating confidential government documents