Perhaps the reason government communications has so much trouble communicating is because no one communicates with them? That's the question some public affairs bureau staffers have been pondering today. After all, they were the last to know about the appointment of Athana Mentzelopoulous as their new deputy minister. Let's do the math. On Wednesday, the government quietly released an after-hours information bulletin about that appointment. Approximately seventeen hours passed. And then, at 10:30 on Thursday, public affairs bureau executive director Andy Orr officially notified the troops. In fairness, we're told Mr. Orr was probably not the one responsible for the timing of that email. But, in the minds of some, it's another indication the folks at central command are continuing to treat the bureau like a gangrenous severed limb (better to be disposed of than re-attached). The following is a copy of his email.
To: PAB All Staff
Sent: 9/16/04 10:30 AM
Subject: New Deputy Minister for Public Affairs Bureau
Good morning all,
My apologies for not having the opportunity to tell you this sooner but, for those who aren't already aware, Athana Mentzelopoulos has been appointed the new deputy minister for the Public Affairs Bureau.
I know she is looking forward to working with all of you in PAB. She has been the deputy minister for intergovernmental relations since April, and will continue to be responsible for that area as well. Previously, she served for ten years with the federal government in a variety of portfolios.
Thanks for your continued professionalism and patience as we make these adjustments.