In the future, as we move toward a new era of austerity and small government, the federal administration will occupy itself with only three things: defence of the nation, the protection of citizens through the enforcing of laws, and the handling of media requests.
“MR [media relations] works with the respective regional communications manager, the spokesman and, if required, the sector communications manager, to develop the response which is then sent for appropriate approval by MR [media relations],” says a summary of the new “media relation process” at Natural Resources Canada that went into effect this spring. “Required approvals can include, but are not limited to: appropriate sector director general, director general communications branch — PAPMS [public affairs and portfolio management sector], director of communications — minister’s office, PCO [Privy Council Office].”
The summary stresses in bold type that: “Approval from the minister’s director of communications must always be sought — no exceptions.”
And, on that note, a music video.