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Oldgateboatdriver said:Every minister is there to "manage" a department.
It's good that you used quotations in that sentence because removing them would also remove the truth that the Ministers do not really manage anything. More, they represent their departments to the Cabinet and PMO. Public servants - mandarins - manage the departments and if things don't go their way (i.e. the Ministers actually attempt to run things) the mandarins can quickly, quietly and anonymously throw their Minister under the bus.
Oldgateboatdriver said:And where it comes to managing a government department, private sector experience is irrelevant and ill prepares you anyway.
If the CDS and DM brief him properly, keep him informed and ride herd over their respective parts of the Defence portfolio, he may survive contact with Ottawa politics.
Oldgateboatdriver said:He has been exposed to public sector management (police force and DND) for most of his life and probably knows more about that than his "private' sector colleagues, who will have a steep learning curve.
His experience to date has also exposed him to both the uniformed machine and the unionized machine. He is decorated and experienced and has achieved a measure of success in both careers. This means that his former operational and political masters have seen him fit to lead. This may well position him better than most to succeed as MND.
Oldgateboatdriver said:I wish him well.
As do I.