Conservative openness and accountability
John Baird this week issued a passive-aggressive non-answer "answer" to an "Order Paper Question" filed by QC NDP MP Mme. Laverdiere.
I have a little "ask" of Babblers.
Write John Baird. Request that if he won't answer one of his Parliamentary colleagues, that he at least answer ordinary Canadians.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
He can be snail-mailed at the Hon. John Baird, PC, MP, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6
His fax number is 613-993-6501
Dear Minister Baird:
I am deeply disappointed that you and your government refused to fully and completely answer an "Order Paper Question" from an opposition MP, which asked simple and factual questsions concerning the Office of Religious Freedom.
You did not respond to her. I hope you will respond to me. Accordingly, I as a Canadian ask you:
Concerning the Office of Religious Freedom:
(a) when did the government decide to establish an Office of Religious Freedom and at whose request;
(b) what is the mandate and the objectives of this office;
(c) what is the budget breakdown of the office for
(d) what is the reporting structure of the office;
(e) what will the office produce;
(f) how many people will be employed in this office and what will be their level;
(g) what are the hiring criteria and salary levels for each person employed in this office;
(h) how will this office work differently from other sections of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) already working on human rights issues;
(i) who was consulted regarding the creation of the office,
(i) when did the consultations take place,
(ii) what are the names and affiliations of those who were consulted;
(j) what are the names, positions, and religious affiliations of the guests who attended consultations on a new Office of Religious Freedom in October 2011,
(i) how many people from religions including, but not limited to, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Buddhism were invited to the meeting,
(ii) how were the panellists and participants chosen for the meeting with Minister Baird,
(iii) who made the final decisions on panellists and participants chosen for the meeting,
(iv) what discussions were held at DFAIT about inviting Amnesty International and why was this organization not invited;
(k) who are the employees responsible for the development of the Office of Religious Freedom within
(i) the Prime Minister's Office,
(ii) the Minister of Foreign Affairs' Office,
(iii) other Ministers' offices,
(v) other government departments?
I look forward to your full, factual, and complete response on all these important points.