"Personnel is policy" goes the old saying (sometimes attributed to Reagan White House staffer Scott Faulkner), and there are few more valuable lessons for students of politics and government to learn.
In my feature last week about the Trudeau Government's reprehensible aid package for Canada's oil and gas industry, I made reference to the "borderline enviro-activists" currently serving in the prime minister's cabinet. Well, our crack team of researchers here at The Pipeline have actually been working away on a project documenting exactly how deeply embedded the environmentalist movement is in the Trudeau government, with a specific eye towards the work that government staffers have done before assuming their present positions.
Work like this might seem like extreme inside baseball, and in a sense it is. But you should not discount its importance. It is, in a word, invaluable. Knowing who is behind a politician is arguably more important than knowing the politician. Staffers are the gatekeepers; they control who their bosses are meeting, where they're going, what they're reading. They brief office holders on contentious issues, advise them on how particular votes will be interpreted in the press, and explain their decisions to the media afterwards.
Which is to say, knowing who they are and what they care about is essential, because their experience and interests directly effect policy.
That being the case, we at The Pipeline invite you to read through our new report: Environmentalist Credentials of Ministers and their Staff.