(...) In February 2011, as the Conservatives were about to celebrate five years of minority government, the Star interviewed some 30 public officials, politicians, academics and consultants for their take on the mood in the capital. Some spoke off the record of an “us versus them” mentality under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
At that time, Wesley Wark, an expert on national security issues, warned that a climate of fear among civil servants was having “a stifling effect that gathers momentum the further it works its way down in the system.”
Today, the nastiness is deep and systemic. (...)