15 July 2014

Shelly Glover: year one

Today marks the first anniversary of the appointment of the Honourable Shelly Glover as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Library and Archives Canada is within her portfolio. How is she doing?
To the extent she had a hand in the appointment of Guy Berthaiume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada, well qualified for the position, we must give the minister credit. 
Checking out her profile at http://openparliament.ca/politicians/shelly-glover/ one gets the impression she has been a steady hand. Lots of press releases, committee appearances and speeches in parliament, no landmark achievements.
Her orientation is economic, evident in the quote attributed to her in a 3 July press release: 

“By renewing its support to promote the Festival d’été de Québec outside Quebec, our Government is contributing to the economic development of the greater Québec City region, the growth of the regional tourism industry and job creation.”
The Minister is also a strong partisan, her favourite word is NDP, all suggesting she regards the present role as one in which to establish her party credentials for eventual promotion. 

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