15 April 2009

Chinese officials in town

Wags will no doubt make much more of the story at the government’s official news agency that Chinese officials are in town to learn how we do things government-wise in this neck of the woods.

The group is apparently visiting St. John’s and Mount Pearl to find out about things like land use planning.  really, in the week we heard there’s a move a foot at Tammany at Gower to erect more duck crossing signs across the city, you just couldn’t make this stuff up.

For some reason AMEC exec Susan Sherk is offering comment on the Chinese trip.

Sherk says what they are mainly interested in is the fact that we engage the public so much in our decision making.

They must be surprised because unlike the land of Tiananmen, engaging citizens doesn’t involve machine guns.

Given the way things get done downtown, the gang at city hall can no doubt enlighten the Chinese on how to run over the citizenry without using tanks.

-srbp-

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the special guests on this episode of "Princess on Gower" are Mao and the byes. I guess Capt Doc Stubing will have "Gopher" Coombs explain the intricate nature of Tammany on Gower economics. Where 1 million dollar subsidies can still mean that a entity like St John's Sports and Entertainment turns a "profit" and where the words accountability and transparency are thrown around in sentences like you would use "and" as well as "or". Unfortunately the fact that they are used so frequently does not mean that the speakers have any fundamental understanding on how they are implemented. These days I wish Gopher decided to stick to the classroom where the only thing he had to deal with that was transparant was the same overhead projector sheets he probably used to teach for 20 years..

WJM said...

Sherk says what they are mainly interested in is the fact that we engage the public so much in our decision making.I have to start brushing up on my Mandarin. I can't wait to start listening to the Beijing version of Nightline.

WJM said...

Given the way things get done downtown, the gang at city hall can no doubt enlighten the Chinese on how to run over the citizenry without using tanks.
Please don't give them ideas. Somewhere, one or more of the most useless councillors is already drafting a letter to Ottawa, demanding a fair share of tanks.