Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Privy Council Memo Paper - Soft & Not So Durable!

The Prime Minister's public government department is called the Privy Council Office (PCO), which is separate from the more familiar personal office of the PM known as the PMO. But you knew that.

It therefore came as a surprise when in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from news outlets the PCO claimed in June that it had no documents of any kind related to the ongoing Senate scandal or anyone involved in it (Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Nigel Wright, etc.).
"Documents" of course refer to memos, letters, emails, briefing notes, phone logs, legal opinions or even as someone pointed out, Post-It Notes.

The federal Justice Department likewise said it has no documents of any kind that mention the recent Senate scandal.

None. Nada. Zip. 

No one in these key Harper departments has written down anything since the scandal started.

I know - it beggars belief.

Harper and his PCO have gone completely paperless and now exchange important information through chats without taking any pesky notes that may be later used against them.

Or as I suggest in my illustration above, perhaps the Privy Council Office has taken to writing everything on toilet paper that can be flushed after use.

After all, that may be what the "privy" in Privy Council office stands for...