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Savoie’s new ‘magnum opus’ book argues federal public service has been ‘knocked off its moorings’

By Mike Lapointe      

A culmination of three years of work, Donald Savoie's latest book, Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of Our Institutions, takes stock of the challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of cabinet government, the centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at Rideau Hall after meeting with Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament in order to call the 2019 federal election on Sept. 11, 2019. Professor Donald Savoie argues that as long as prime ministers hold the power to appoint deputy ministers without an open, transparent, and competitive process, 'court government will remain in place.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Although he says he didn’t plan for the release of his “magnum opus” in the final weeks leading up to the Oct. 21 election, Donald Savoie’s new book, Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of Our Institutions, argues that if Canadians wish to locate political power, “they should not look to Parliament, political parties, cabinet or bureaucracy.”

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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