Seen and Heard: Politics & Policy in the PMO

Alexa Greig “I’m here because we were fired by the voters,” noted Sean Speer, in his opening remarks. Beside him, Chaviva Hosek nodded knowingly. Later in the discussion, she matter-of-factly added: “All democratic governments lose elections, thank god. They have to.” These quotes reflect the candid nature of a recent conservation with two people who…

Professor Mel Cappe: Proud to Be a “Faceless” Bureaucrat

Lisa Blackwell, Fardowsa Hashi and Matthew Higgins When Professor Cappe was named High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, a colleague provided him with this bit of wisdom: “From now on Mel, people are going to address you as Your Excellency; remember, they’re referring to the Office – it’s not about you.” Such is the nature of…