20 January 2012

LAC can't find Toronto

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Reports for 2011 show Daniel Caron claimed expenses for 24 trips in 2011. It's certainly a good thing that our senior public servants get out of the National Capital Region to interact face-to-face with Canadians across the country, and peers internationally, to find out about other's views and developments. Public servants should come back with perspective on how their organization stacks up, with ideas for improvements and cooperation.
Seven of the trips were international in scope, including one to an international event in BC. Of the others twelve were to Quebec, two to New Brunswick, and one each to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Several places were not on the travel map. No local business in three of Canada's four largest communities. No business in BC, aside from the international conference, Manitoba, any of the three Territories, Ontario, PEI or Newfoundland and Labrador.
Perhaps M. Caron is using other means to obtain a balanced view of developments and views of clients and partners across Canada. As far as can be discerned from the listings, none of this travel provided an opportunity to interact with genealogists and family historians, still LAC's largest single user group.

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