With a cabinet shuffle looming, I thought it might be a good idea to take stock of Ministerial performance to date. Who is the best of the worst, the least incompetent, the fern in the desert? If you HAD to choose, who gets the nod?
On the question of who has performed best in their portfolio, I would have to pick Stockwell Day. I've actually been surprised at Day's ability to convey an air of normalcy, as though a rational human being. Maybe it was the low expectations, but Day has showed some ability to navigate potential landmines, and his cool demeanor has served him well.
Day's performance has apparently garnered him some respect within media circles. Agree or disagree, Day answers questions in a measured way and appears to have a good handle on the issues within his jurisdiction. For the most part, Day appears to be "on top of things"(glaringly obvious example excluded).
I would classify his performance as a marked comeback, because Day was largely written off as a fringe player, well past his best-before date. Day now looks like a intregal part of the governments team, who seems to enjoy a degree of independence we rarely see in Harper's tight, controlling style. You could almost go so far as to say Day has emerged as an attractive asset for this government, a thought once unthinkable, given the past.
Partisanship aside, political stances omitted, in terms of performance, I would pick Stockwell Day, in the spirit of relativity.
UPDATE Mushroom grades the lemon factory.