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About six months ago I wrote your Canadian Military Ombudsman (only good Ombudsman in U.S. I suspect is the office of the Hawaiian ombudsman).Traditionally the office of the ombudsman should be a creature of the legislative general assembly and not of the executive; not a cute name for an executive inspector general. But in the U.S., executive "ombudsmen" degenerated into, rather never were above executive PR (public relations) people at worst and/or another name for executive inspector general at best. The original, traditional concept ombudsman is not really understood. Two men in North Carolina I discussed ombudsman with who did understand it and said they supported it, was the late Governor Terry Sanford, RIP, and Mr. Morgan, our state attorney-general. A State of North Carolina, Office of the Ombudsman, as I perceived it, would be a constitutionally provided creature of the legislative branch as a (very limited and restricted) check on the executive branch. Not a check on the governor or his personal staff though. It's budget so limited it only looks into great harms done one or a few, or lessor harms done to a great many citizens.  It has no power to order any remedy though, only the power to executive branch (other than the governor's office per se) look at any written (e-mail too) document, photograph, etc., of the executive branch only (not private citizens or judicial or legislative branch). The only one with the actual power is the Ombudsman's person, in person; however if the executive is willing, the ombudsman can delegate one of his tiny staff to investigate. However the executive branch can limit it's records to the ombudsman in person, as such, only. Could the parliamentary ombudsman (personally his/her self) inspect the executive's inspector general records?  Unless the inspector general is on the personal staff of the governor; I would think so, but not as the inspector's superior (as in chain-of-command which the ombudsman is not in).

 

Anyway, I wrote the Canadian Military Ombudsman asking if Capt. de Tontey and Maj. de Liette, as Canadian veterans fallen in combat on foreign fields, qualify for Canadian veteran tombstones/memorial stones? No answer yet; but that may be my fault. I'd forgotten I'd made the query. From my American civil service experience, reality matters less than the often consuming passion, "Does it Look Good on Paper?", or did you do a good "dilgop" paper-over on it?

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