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Privy Council Office’s new delivery unit increases capacity for centralized control, say experts

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The U.K.'s now-scrapped delivery unit was seen as centralizing control of the PM, and experts are keeping a close eye on how the Trudeau government's new unit works in Canada.

The Langevin Block, home of the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office. Professor Alex Marland said a 'better understanding' is needed of how the new PCO delivery unit works, including how it works with staff in the PMO. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

The Privy Council Office's Results and Delivery Unit, created by the new Trudeau Liberal government, has increased the capacity for more centralized control over government, say experts. But while there are early positive signs it will be used to strengthen cabinet, it remains to be seen what the effect will be in practice in the years ahead. “We don’t really know [yet] whether it will result in centralized control, but what it does mean is that we’ve now increased

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