September 16, 2016

Power grab FAILS: StatsCan chief resigns

Brian LilleyArchive

Chief statistician at StatsCan, Wayne Smith, has resigned claiming that he’s lost his independence due to a decision that all departments will use a shared computer system.  Has he forgotten that he’s a public servant?

He wanted a completely separate system for his department while the rest of government used a shared system.

I told you a while ago that Smith was on a mission to get more power for Statistics Canada all while demanding less oversight from Parliament.

Smith was at odds with the previous government over this issue and now he has failed to convince the Liberal government of his independence.

I guess he just found out that everyone has a boss after all, including him.

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commented 2016-09-20 02:49:52 -0400
Aww… Poor Baby… At least he can write his memoirs while enjoying his fat settlement besides Lac St. Pierre ? in, say it isn’t so!, the Laurentians? …
commented 2016-09-17 17:15:43 -0400
I personally would not trust a Trudopian to handle Stats Can. It can be a powerful tool.
commented 2016-09-17 13:34:20 -0400
Jay reminds me of students I had that tried to play the role of pretentious pseudo-scholar but they didn’t know what the words meant or how to out them into a coherent sentence. Just stringing buzz phrase together doesn’t make on intelligent. Just look at our Great Leader for an example.
commented 2016-09-17 01:41:43 -0400
I sincerely ask that question because the way your last comment was worded it was left open to many interpretations.. almost like cryptic speech.
commented 2016-09-17 01:39:14 -0400
What did you mean by your last comment…..?
commented 2016-09-17 01:32:51 -0400
Oh wait they were useless with all this info before. So take a hike idiot.
commented 2016-09-17 01:32:20 -0400
Oh no, now the government will be useless without him.
commented 2016-09-17 01:14:37 -0400
If I could calm water I would do it.

Good statistics are gathered by good statisticians. Harper threw off the experts and Trudeau claimed to bring them back in.
commented 2016-09-17 00:08:03 -0400
You can’t really believe what you’re saying J Kelly… You really have to be on this site just to stir the mud and calm water I’m sure of it…
commented 2016-09-16 23:07:36 -0400
When Munir Sheikh resigned as head of StatsCan a few years ago Liberals and all leftists bleated that it was because the Conservatives under Stephen Harper were trying to cut out fact and data from their way of governing. The accusation was that Harper would rather people be kept ignorant, and that actual data would hurt the Harper agenda.

Now under Trudeau’s Liberals the head of StatsCan resigns and people (including The Rebel) assume is is somehow at fault, autocratic, and against the best interests of the nation.

The Rebel should wake up. Stephen Harper was not the only Prime Minister to piss people off.
commented 2016-09-16 21:22:10 -0400
In fact when we speak to or about Justin Trudeau and his administration we should refer to him as
“the prime public servant”
commented 2016-09-16 21:20:58 -0400
We need to use that term
“public servant” more often and remind these SOBs exactly what they are.. civil and public servants not elected kings and queens or dictators or any other sons of bitches with feelings of entitlement..
commented 2016-09-16 20:55:31 -0400
Well the sad end to this story is the special entitled barking SJW Snivel servant resigns with full pension and benefits paid by (extorted from) people who probably make less than half what he does.

Up the Revolution!!
commented 2016-09-16 20:46:03 -0400
What about the guy who wrote and sang the “Harperman” song. I wonder what he thinks of PM Selfie?
commented 2016-09-16 20:25:38 -0400
Perhaps he needs to follow the Clinton example and just set up a server in his home bathroom. It worked well for her for several years and may not even stop her from getting the ultimate promotion.
commented 2016-09-16 20:25:38 -0400
Perhaps he needs to follow the Clinton example and just set up a server in his home bathroom. It worked well for her for several years and may not even stop her from getting the ultimate promotion.
commented 2016-09-16 20:19:00 -0400
Looks like a great place to start the cuts. Would ANYONE EVEN NOTICE IF THEY DIDNT SHOW UP TO WORK ?? WOULD ANYONE CARE . just more endless gov BS from yat another fed employee. How much is he grabbing $$$$ on his way out the door ??
commented 2016-09-16 19:45:05 -0400
Does any CUPE employee think they serve? They act like Master Baits
commented 2016-09-16 19:25:12 -0400
Does Smith think that Statistics Canada is the KG f***ing B?
commented 2016-09-16 19:06:41 -0400
Chief statisticians are the ultimate bureaucrats in that they believe they are superior beings and the work they do pre-empts any hard research or facts. It certainly pre-empts the unwashed classical liberal democrats. Just look at Michael Mann and his statistical hockey stick model, or the IPPC in general, or Brussels.

So maybe something that I can approve the Baby Doc government for. Forcing the resignation. But then I wonder the reasons they did.
commented 2016-09-16 19:02:47 -0400
commented 2016-09-16 18:28:00 -0400
Far too many public servants think they can sandbag their irreplaceability, build an empire, and shake down the public through arcane system knowledge. Getting rid of stove piped parochial systems and putting tax payer/client information on one universally accessible platform is not only an acheivable goal, it is absolutely necessary in order to give the taxpayer their money’s worth.

There is no need for the government to contract firms like IBM, EDS, COGNOS, they are a shakedown racket. Off the shelf generics can be adapted to any and all of the governments actual needs and make any and all of the tech gurus just another spoon in the coffee cup….and the techies just hate it.

Quantitative management systems and policy by statistics are what make bureaucracies cold heartless and unresponsive. Computerize a paper chase system and you have only succeeded in paving a cow path.