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After years of often feeling excluded from the policy-making and legislative process, many civil society groups were excited by the prospect of a new government committed to public consultations and feedback. The Liberal government moved quickly to consult on all manner of issues, providing hope that an emphasis on participatory democracy would lead to better policies and an opportunity to incorporate a broader range of perspectives. Two years into the Liberal mandate, the consultative process is now a

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Opinion

Too much of a good thing: Canada’s consultation crisis

By Michael Geist      

It’s nice to be asked your opinion, but the sheer volume of hearings, notices, and consultations can be overwhelming.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains's department asked for public submissions on Canada's new intellectual property strategy in the summer, but only received 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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