The ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation appears to have a serious problem. According to a recent work environment survey conducted between February and March, an average of just 13 percent of employees agreed with statements such as "executives in my organization make effective and timely decisions" and "I have confidence in the senior leadership of my organization" - the poorest results among all the government organizations surveyed. And why might that be, you may wonder? That's the question we posed to Mike de Jong, who was put in charge of the ministry this past August. "They might have been thinking about the minister not the executive," he jokingly responded yesterday. But, in all seriousness, Minister de Jong said, "I don't know, I haven't seen the report. And if I have, I don't remember it."
November 17, 2006