Now in fairness to Peter Kent, I suspect he himself had nothing much to do with this -- it was his office minions scrambling to find a cover story. But their power is merely a reflection of his. What was Lord Acton's phrase? Oh yes "Power tends to corrupt...".
OTTAWA — The office of Environment Minister Peter Kent responded to media coverage of his department's decision to spurn recycling and buy new furniture for a building under renovations by asking bureaucrats to publicly call the reports "false," newly released internal emails reveal.
The correspondence, released to Postmedia News through access-to-information legislation, shows that Kent, who has declined to publicly comment on the controversy since last July, was informed about the issue at Place Vincent Massey, a building in Gatineau, Que., near Ottawa, as bureaucrats from his department and Public Works and Government Services Canada worked to explain their decisions.