Yahoo! News: left-leaning Broadbent Institute mocks Harper’s ‘enemies list’ with ‘frenemies list’

Andy Radia, Canada Politics, Yahoo! News

Earlier this week, media outlets reported that government staffers were directed — by the PMO — to compile "enemy lists" of bureaucrats and stakeholders to be included in transition documents for incoming cabinet minsters.

The reports — and particularly the use of the term 'enemy' — have a created a media frenzy with some evoking the memory of Richard Nixon.

In an interview with Postmedia News, even Environment Minister Peter Kent called the use of the word enemy "juvenile."

Well, the left-wing Broadbent Institute is jumping on the bandwagon with a new social media campaign:


As Stephen Harper rolled out his 'sort-of-new' Cabinet on Monday ( with a little help from his frenemies, his office asked staff to include lists of "friend and enemy stakeholders" in each Minister's transition binders ( That's right, the PMO wants 'binders full of enemies'.

With so many adversaries out there (scientists, statisticians, environmental radicals, perhaps kittens – wait, he likes those: the Broadbent Institute is convening a contest to help the PMO's office come up with a robust short list of frenemies.

Who do you think should be added to Ministers' frenemy binders? Leave your ideas in the comments. We'll pick from the best posts and create a 'frenemy wall' in our head office. We'll also create a binder of your top frenemies on tumblr.

The enemies' list controversy — which it has now become — is an embarrassment for the Harper government which was hoping for some good news stories following their major cabinet shuffle.

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