Ottawa mulls Apple iPads for 6,700+ high-level bureaucrats

Apple Store Canada“Ottawa is mulling offering iPads to federal bureaucrats to cut down on paper and printing costs,” Mathieu Turbid reports for QMI Agency. “In fact, about 20 treasury board workers are already using the high-tech device as part of a pilot project, QMI Agency has learned. The senior officials, including several deputy ministers, have been using the Apple tablet computer since the fall… If the project is successful, it could be rolled out to other federal departments.”

“The officials argue the gadget could save hundreds of dollars a year in paper and printing costs for each staff member equipped with the device,” Turbid reports. “Treasury board spokesman Pierre-Alain Bujold said the iPads — not laptops — were picked for the project because they were lightweight, user-friendly, had a long-lasting battery and allowed for easy note-taking.”

Turbid reports, “It would cost about $7 million to outfit all of Ottawa’s roughly 6,743 high-level bureaucrats with the new high-tech device.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Using iPads to save some money makes way more sense to us than Ottawa having 6,743 “high-level bureaucrats.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. People have been overdosing on government for so long, they’re unable to see the absurdity of it all.

    In general, regardless of the developed country you choose, “government” is at least 10x too big.

    Most people are generally too stupid get it and/or too lazy to care.

  2. You just know that RIM lobbyists are going to descend on the Canadian politicians proposing this like vultures. How long will it be before we see a news story that the Canucks will be forced to consider the non-existent, untried RIM Playbook?

  3. ONLY 6,743 high-level bureaucrats?

    Silly Canucks, you need at least triple that number to do the job properly. Don’t worry about the cost, just print up some more bucks and pretend that you care.


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  4. Re, ” Using iPads to save some money makes way more sense to us than Ottawa having 6,743 “high-level bureaucrats.”

    Far less than the “…approximately 4.2 million civilian and military federal bureaucrats in the U.S.A.”

  5. Good idea but the Feds are in bed with both Microsoft and RIM. You cannot have an iPhone, it can only be a Crackberry. Therefore I suspect that RIM may have some input into this down the road.

  6. I’m at a major federal department, and its attempts to procure iPads (which I was researching) nixed by an IM/IT head who completely dismissed usage of iPads over security issues (including the idea that there’d be no way to ensure senior management wouldn’t jailbreak the devices!!)

    Incidentally this same IM/IT head is totally in RIM’s backpocket…sssh

  7. Sorry for the sentence fragments…I was editing my comment so as not to implicate where I work… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. I hear that 83.6% of high level federal employees are more productive when they can play Angry Birds in HD on the iPad.

    Like Ottawa Mark, I also work for the feds. My IT guys are MS and RIM all the way. I couldn’t even justify an iPhone for data storage or any of the science apps that it has.

    The reason? You might play MUSIC on it so therefore it is banned. Funny, I think I can play music on an iPad….but then again, I am not a deputy minister.

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