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Deliberation: can we fix government decision-making?

By Don Lenihan      

We believe that using deliberation to support big projects, say, in infrastructure or procurement, would give citizens a more meaningful role in planning and build legitimacy and resilience around the decisions.

Given the battles over the first two sites, the hospital now sees engagement differently. It has learned that the community not only has a huge stake in the design of the building and the site, but deeply held views on what will make it a success, writes Don Lenihan. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

OTTAWA—Are governments losing their ability to deliver on tough planning decisions? Projects such as pipelines, hospitals, or the purchase of fighter jets are routinely changed, postponed, or even abandoned. What’s the point of having a government, we might ask, if it can’t even deliver on its own decisions?

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