The Prime Minister's Office is asking Conservative political workers on Parliament Hill to help draw up a long-term blueprint that could form the basis of new priorities for cabinet ministers and a possible fall Throne Speech.
The request is contained in an e-mail from the Prime Minister's policy office to political staffers for Tory ministers and has also been made verbally. It comes as cabinet ministers and senior advisers believe the government has exhausted its agenda after a controversial spring in the House of Commons.
“We are looking for some ideas from you,” said the e-mail, the contents of which were read to The Globe and Mail. “These ideas will be considered as part of a larger policy recommendation that will go forth later on.”
The memo was sent Wednesday by the policy and research division of the Prime Minister's Office. The memo explicitly states that the ideas come from political offices and not the bureaucracy.
A "new" government that doesn't have anything new to offer, quite the contradiction. All those years in opposition, and here we are a year and a half in and the Conservatives are spent. Equally troubling, the fact that a good percentage of Conservative legislation to date was poached from the former government. Now we have a situation where the Conservatives are scrambling to come up with ideas for the fall sitting.
I remember in the latter days of the Liberal reign, on of the chief criticisms was the lack of new policy and a government that appeared tired. The fact that the Conservatives have reached this stage in such quick order is a testament to the notion that their central election premise was "we're not the Liberals", rather than a real agenda for Canadians.