The reassignment Richard Reese
Reese, a man of integrity
I do not know the facts surrounding the removal of Richard Reese from his position as Permanent Secretary, but this I do know. He is a very bright, competent, hard working and caring person. He is innovative, has good judgment and an even temperament. Above all he is a man of integrity. He is exactly the type of person that the Ministry of National Security needed. I have worked with Richard and considers him a personal friend.
We have some serious and systemic problems in the public sector, yet he has committed virtually his entire working life to public service. I know that he could have done much better for himself if he had opted to work in the private sector; with far less stress.
I believe in accountability and if he is being replaced because this happened on his watch, then fine. My hope then, is that this would be replicated throughout the government.
Nothing is wrong with this kind of change. I have seen this happen in Canada before. At least, I have seen Cabinet changes within six months, very often. One can have confidence in a person to do a job, but when the person gets the job, they either misstep or just flop. One has to be given a chance, just like it is in any game of sport. To win is a serious thing, but to lose, then someone else will have to be given a chance. So nothing is wrong in moving them around.
- Winston Anderson