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Heintzman’s Canada 2020 report continues to provoke debate

But I take issue with Gilles Paquet’s argument that super-bureaucrats, starting with officers of Parliament, but including adjudicatory bodies and the courts, have largely usurped the authority of the government and Parliament through ‘mandate creep with gusto.’

 OTTAWA—Ralph Heintzman provoked considerable debate in his Canada 2020: Renewal of the Federal Public Service arguing for an independent, arm’s-length public service. Ruth Hubbard countered it with The Real Problem With the Public Service, arguing that the real problem is competency, not the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels. Maryantonett Flumian reminds us that politicians are elected, officials are not, and they have to implement government priorities as long as they do not break the law in How Public Servants Support Democracy: A Response to Latest Canada 2020 Study.

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Heintzman’s Canada 2020 report continues to provoke debate

But I take issue with Gilles Paquet’s argument that super-bureaucrats, starting with officers of Parliament, but including adjudicatory bodies and the courts, have largely usurped the authority of the government and Parliament through ‘mandate creep with gusto.’

 OTTAWA—Ralph Heintzman provoked considerable debate in his Canada 2020: Renewal of the Federal Public Service arguing for an independent, arm’s-length public service. Ruth Hubbard countered it with The Real Problem With the Public Service, arguing that the real problem is competency, not the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels. Maryantonett Flumian reminds us that politicians are elected, officials are not, and they have to implement government priorities as long as they do not break the law in How Public Servants Support Democracy: A Response to Latest Canada 2020 Study.

  

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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