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Public affairs and public consultations: a match made in Ottawa?

By Pierre Killeen      

What is unclear at this stage is the weight that will be given to digital and public input when compared to stakeholder input.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains' consultation on innovation attracted little engagement online when first launched, though participation has increased lately, which is unusual for an online consultation, writes Pierre Killeen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Over the course of this past summer, the federal government has been seeking Canadians’ input on a wide range of issues. Given the renewed role of public consultation in policy-making, we thought to take a look at what was happening with the innovation agenda consultations and explore the implications for the practice of public affairs. It’s 2016, so what advice should public affairs practitioners be offering to their clients in response to the government’s commitment to openness, transparency and consulting Canadians?

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