Saturday, October 30, 2010

More on the New Governor General

So Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion, sets up a private institute called the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He then makes a donation of $33 million to this Centre, and to two neighbouring universities, Laurier and Waterloo, to set up a new Balsillie School of International Affairs. Dr. Ramesh Thakur is hired as founding Director of the School, to much acclaim and fanfare. Balsillie included language in the agreement over the $33 million to the effect that he could withdraw support from specific projects during a ten-year launch period, and could withdraw support altogether after ten years.

As if to make sure they were keeping him happy, the two universities wanted to include CIGI in fairly routine decisions such as course content, and perhaps hiring decisions--usually the domain of the academics, not the funding agencies. Thakur said no, he was fired, and a new report says he was shafted. Of course there is some counter-spin to the effect that he didn't work out, etc.

It would be sad to be forced to conclude that our new Governor General, David Johnston, former President of Waterloo, is not only a political hack who helped Harper bury some turds from the Mulroney years, but a corrupt weasel and whore.

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