Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Chretien's grandniece lands job as High Commissioner to Nigeria

Julie Smyth, National Post

Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Stephen Harper's Conservativegovernment has appointedJean Chretien's grandniece Caroline Chretien as High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ms. Chretien worked with the Liberal caucus research bureau and as special assistant to Mr. Chretien when he was prime minister. She joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade six years ago and has held various jobs, including deputy chief of protocol and director, diplomatic corps services, and director, Korea and Oceania division. She was criticized when she moved to Foreign Affairs -- one Toronto paper suggested she was quietly given a $94,000 job without writing the foreign service exam. At the time, Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton criticized the move, saying, "It's proof that [Mr. Chretien] views the whole government and all its departments ? as his own personal fiefdom."

Well for starters I'm not sure that this: "Stephen Harper's Conservativegovernment" is exactly the right way to describe OUR Elected National Government!

But on the other hand I do see a certain logic to sending a Liberal - especially a Chretien connected one to that hotbed of graft and corruption that is Nigeria!

It's like that old movie "To Catch a Thief!" Right?


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Blogger dmorris said...

One day soon you'll get an E-mail, "hi, my name is Caroline, and I have a problem. See, I inherited twenty million dollars, but the government here won't let me take it out of the Country......."

9/05/2007 9:26 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Hah! Now that's believable

9/06/2007 7:36 a.m.  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

good one Ommag!..good riddance to bad rubbish..ha

9/06/2007 10:33 a.m.  
Anonymous ebt said...

Ms. Chretien is a career diplomat, and however sordid the manner of her entry into the profession, she is considered to be good at it, by the undemanding standards which apply. And is she not rather more directly related to another prominent diplomat of the Chretien family, who would have been much nore influential? This is your basic civil service dynastism/nepotism, and the celebrity angle is gratuitous.

Hey, I personally hold it against her that she could easily have strangled her great uncle and never did. But I don't see why that should hobble her career.

9/06/2007 2:53 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Yes she is a career diplomat... she may even be a very good one!

I just relish the IDEA of a Chretien connected Liberal being sent to Nigeria!

9/06/2007 4:48 p.m.  

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