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Does the broad public care about the current controversy surrounding the Minister of International Co-operation? Or Not? Now before I get an Andrew Coyne verbal dagger through the heart or tweeted upside the head by Kady O'Malley, I think Canadians should take an interest in this debate – I’m just not sure they do yet despite the best efforts of many to bring it to the forefront of our daily lives. Being a Canadian Twitter trend is one thing; being an actual sustaining vote-mover is another.

The discussion of how to untie the knots around how the decision to not fund the aid organization Kairos was taken and then communicated, or not, has the normal denizens of federal politics lathered up. Democracy is worthy of the fury but is the curiosity and the outrage, faux or otherwise, dominating kitchen table discussions, take-out counters, hockey rinks or any other place where regular Canadians go? I am betting the government is calculating it isn't while the Liberals are hoping their online petition – Facebook protests being so 2010 – seeking Bev Oda's resignation is being served up at family dinner.

Good luck trying to find a Cole's Notes version of the story. It probably won't impact what you do with your money and how you do it. Unless you are an employee of Kairos it is unlikely to change your life in any way, shape or form. Sure it’s important to care about public administration and ministerial accountability, but so are plenty of other things.

One of those pollsters we love to hate, Abacus Data, which in the interests of full disclosure I partially own, is currently sampling Canadians about the Oda controversy. I am looking forward, or not, to what your opinions are, or not.

 

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