"...given the intergovernmental linkages of the public finance system, federal government stringency directly affected provincial governments that were concomitantly pursuing stringency policies to a greater or lesser extent."
Don't feel too bad, I didn't know either. I still don't, because I don't have a hot clue what it means. I may not be learning much "Public Administration Professionalism," but I am learning much about myself through this course. For example:
- Clearly, I am not as smart as I formerly thought.
- I used to think I was pretty self-disciplined, too. But now I'm procrastinating on reading the 200 pages for this current assignment (most of which sounds like the above excerpt) by blogging instead. Later, I might pull a few teeth or beat my head against the wall.
- I used to think I was thorough. Now I find myself reading maybe a third of the required offerings, whatever I figure I can get by on to complete the written part of the assignment.
- I used to think I was grateful for the good gifts that came my way, like this opportunity to take a university program and have it paid for by my employers (ultimately, in this case, by the tax payers of Portage la Prairie.) Now I find myself whining about this course every chance I get. Like now.
- I used to think I was pretty down to earth. Yesterday I saw an article in People magazine showing several famous people who have been awarded honorary degrees by big-name schools. I indulged in a little fantasy wherein I become someone famous and the University of Alberta (knowing I once took their Public Administration Professionalism course) bestows upon me a doctorate. The prof who suggested I take their writing course hands me the diploma.