Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Federal librarians face new 'behaviour regulation' code

This story is well worth reading because it illustrates (in the manner of my last note on Park Canada) how the civil service is being changed:

Federal librarians face new 'behaviour regulation' code:

With regard to  Parks Canada, there is an effort to make it invisible; policy is a product of government. The state creates red tape, through which the government cuts. In this one, the state is encouraged to be loyal to the government and to understand that their personal behaviour outside of work is a legitimate concern fo the government.

The minister did not know about it? He does not have to. Indeed, that is not the point. The point is that this new code follows extensive protests by the NLC and others following government cutback to the Library. Now, we see a code being introduced. I have no doubt that an elected official does not stand behind it. I am sure that this idea was developed by someone appointed by the government (indeed, I have no doubt it would be difficult to get a person who wanted to turn the National Library into loyal minion of the government -- whomever the government might be -- could get elected).

So, let's not be confused or distracted by what the minister did or did not know. That is not the issue. The issue is that this illustrates another process through which the current government is changing the state.


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