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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