Some political moves are complex, requiring a delicate balancing of competing interests and priorities. Some are tough moral calls, with reasonable people disagreeing over the right course.

And then are those political moves that should be the equivalent of empty net goals. They’re supposed to be an easy score. They’re supposed to be hard to miss.

And yet, faced with such opportunities, the Trudeau government has often displayed a remarkable ability for seeing an open net, misfiring – and instead scoring an own-goal.

There’s a discernable pattern of unforced errors, lapses in judgment, self-harming secrecy and worse. Coming from a PMO that sees itself as Mensa’s gift to Ottawa, it’s more than a little puzzling.

Consider the botched appointment of Madeleine Meilleur to the post of Official Languages Commissioner.

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