The Opposition wants Bev Oda, the Minister of International Co-operation, to resign because she doctored a document.
The first thought that struck me when I heard this story was, "Why do we even need a Minister of International Co-operation?"
I mean what is the purpose of this ministry? To get Canada to co-operate with the world? To get other countries to co-operate with each other? To urge more international co-operation when it comes to co-operating?
OK, I am just joking.
I actually know the real purpose of this Ministry is to perform the important and necessary function of giving a politician a nice paying job.
But anyway, the Oda story got me thinking about other federal cabinet posts and if we could eliminate any of them for the purpose of making government smaller.
So I did some research while waiting for my toast to pop and came up with the following list of cabinet posts that should be abolished:
* Ministry of Public Safety
Wasn't this what they once called the KGB?.
* Public Works
Actually that's probably is a misprint. It should read "Public Porks"
* International Trade
Seems to me international trade existed for centuries before this post was invented.
* Citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism
Otherwise known as the "Recruiting immigrants to support our party department"
* Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Main purpose is to figure out inventive ways to finance arenas in Quebec.
* Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Manages to waste tax dollars in both French and English.
Organizes tail gate parties for party donors.
* Chief government whip
Not a figure of speech. I think somebody actually wields a whip!
And in order to ensure there is no regional bias when tax money is squandered in vote-buying splurges we have the following ministries:.
* Western economic diversification
* Science and technology, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
* Economy Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Of course, I don't expect any of these posts to ever be eliminated.
But a guy can dream, can't he?