Like a lot of folks who have been paying attention I jumped on the bandwagon last night and started making jokes about the how the short pants boys 'n girls have come west to Clarkland after it was reported that the BCL gov't had hired a bunch of former Harper operatives.
But what got lost in the shuffle was the specifics.
Like the following from Cassidy Olivier's origin story in The Province:
...Included in the wave (of Clark Gov't 'Order in Council' hires) is Nicholas Koolsbergen, Harper’s former director of issues management, who once made headlines for purportedly co-writing a memo requesting government staff to develop “enemy” lists for incoming ministers...
The following is from a piece by Josh Wingrove in the Globe in July of 2013:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Office is once again under fire after it sent a memo asking for lists of “enemy stakeholders” for new cabinet ministers – a request one union leader says is unprecedented and another sign of the Conservative government’s combative nature...
... The main memo was signed by Nick Koolsbergen, an “Issue Manager” in the PMO, and sent by Erica Furtado, an executive assistant in the PMO’s issues management section...
If such a Clarklandian list were to be assembled I, for one, would be honoured to be on it.
Unfortunately, as the proprietor of an F-Troop list blog in obscuria, we all know that will never happen.
But I'm pretty sure Mr. Olivier would be on it.
And here's hoping a whole passel of Lotuslandian proMedia members will end up on it in the end as well.
Now is the time at PGaz when we dance to the Bard of Barking (the line from the header to this post is not in this version, but who the heckfire cares)...
My favourite time a journalist found out they were on an enemies list?...When CBS' Dan Schorr ran out onto the Senate steps during the Watergate hearings while waving a Nixonion 'Enemies List'...He was in such a live-feed hurry that he read the list for the first time in front of the cameras and surprised himself when he read #17....Why?...Because it was him, with the descriptor 'a real media enemy'...Turned out Paul Newman was #18.