Ah, finally, a moment to blog… I have nearly forgotten what that means! I appreciate your letters and notes and yes, everything is fine, I have simply been so busy that finding even a small bit of time to write has been difficult.
First up this morning is a link to an editorial I read in the Surrey Now, by Harvinder Sandhu, titled Why is the ministry wasting cash changing ministry names?
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s iconic line is not what I have in mind here.
I’m talking about how the government of the day changes ministry names for what seems like no good reason at all.
Let’s look at this very recent name change. As of March 2011, the Ministry of Health Services is now the Ministry of Health. This name change is courtesy of Christy Clark, our newest, unelected premier.
I guess she felt there was no service associated with this ministry. So the descriptive word “service” had to be removed. I hear the public health nurses are not very excited about this snub.
Here’s another example, the ministry that contains the forest service has had its name changed three times in the last five months. In September 2010, it was known as the Ministry of Forests and Range, Forest Service. In October 2010, it became the Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands, and in March 2011, it was rechristened the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Quite a mouthful. Really?
It’s not cheap to change a name. Hence, printed vinyl signs rather than the lighted signs.
Besides signage on the offices of these ministries, there is also the cost of replacing all the printed material. We are talking business cards, letterheads, brochures, printed envelopes, applications and let’s not forget those freebie trinkets, such as pens or magnets that carry the old name. Replacing all this not because it’s broken, but because the government felt like changing the name.
Even if the cost is in the ball park of $100,000 for each ministry, we can safely say the overall cost of Christy Clark’s ministry name changes and or newly created ministries could be $1 million. Probably not a huge cost in the scheme of things, but if we take into account where else we can use these tax dollars, it becomes a wasted $1 million.
People need to pay attention and question the governing bodies and ask the politicians in charge why they are wasting our hard-earned tax dollars. People need to hold the politicians in charge accountable. This goes for all political parties.
Christy Clark comes in and changes ministry names – why spend the money when you are not an elected official yet?
This could have been done later after winning a seat in an election. At that time, any changes to ministries are ignored, as the public is high on new promises made that are not yet broken.
Wow. It really amazes me at what she can do considering she has not even been elected yet, nor does she even hold a seat in the legislature…