Friday, April 07, 2006

Paging Dr. Zeno

The federal government has terminated an untendered contract to Marie-Joseée Lapointe, a well-connected Quebec Tory. The subject of the contract was the reform of the government's tendering process.

Naturally, it follows that the contract must now be tendered. But who will provide the evaluation of that competition? The Tories do not trust the public service, so it must be an outside consultant, who must, it follows, compete. And so on, and so on.

The impulse to respond to the violation of laws with new laws is the source of all bureaucracy. Discuss.

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