As our astute readers may be aware, it's somewhat unusual for deputy ministers to be out of country when the legislature is in session. So it will come as something of a surprise to some of readers - and not a surprise to others - that our good friend, children and family development deputy minister Lesley du Toit, will be in South Africa for the next three weeks or so. Now, in fairness, no one would suggest Ms. du Toit isn't committed to her job as the ministry's top bureaucrat - having earned a reputation for working long hours and sending emails late into the night. And the legislature is scheduled to take next week off. But estimates debate for children and family development is still pending. So one hopes she'll be returning in time to assist Minister Tom Christensen with preparations for that debate.
March 12, 2007