Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising FAQ
Log In
Opinion

It’s time for government to get its head in the cloud

By Michelle Lajeunesse      

Everything digital runs on the cloud. Whether it’s an artificially intelligent chatbot helping to expedite a renewal of your passport, or a voice-messaging system that lets you know where you are in the queue with Canada Revenue Agency. These tools enable governments to move out of administrative tasks and into high value work.

Until recently, nobody but your local meteorologist worried about the cloud. But the past decade has completely changed the tech landscape, writes Michelle Lajeunesse. Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash

It’s 2020, and with the threat of data breaches looming, organizations in highly regulated industries, along with government, are grappling with the complexities of fast-changing global regulatory needs. There’s growing pressure to meet rising consumer and employee expectations—something that requires the agility, resiliency, and scalability benefits of cloud computing. As this newfound confidence in digital transformation emerges in businesses across Canada, there is increasing pressure on government to do the same. Governments around the world and at home view the cloud as a way to meet Canadians’ needs in an era of increasing demand for online services. But we also know that it’s not easy. Public institutions face a number of unique challenges as they transition to the cloud. 

Politics This Morning

Get the latest news from The Hill Times

Politics This Morning


Your email has been added. An email has been sent to your address, please click the link inside of it to confirm your subscription.

‘Natural attrition’ can absorb most jobs in fossil fuel industry in managed phase-out, says economist

News|By Beatrice Paez
Most of the job losses would be concentrated in 18 communities in Western Canada, according to the report, with Wood Buffalo, Alta., where Fort McMurray is located, and Estevan, Sask., expected to be hit hardest.

Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle yet another indication Liberals ‘clearing the decks’ for a spring election, say political watchers

News|By Abbas Rana
One of the jobs of a minority government is to look for an opportunity to win a majority government, says Liberal strategist David Herle.

Conservatives need to chart ‘uniquely Canadian’ vision of party in wake of Capitol Hill riot, say political players

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Mr. O'Toole needs to have a 'blanket position that is against violence, that is in favour of law and order, and in favour of stable democracy,' according to leading pollster Nik Nanos.

Pandemic election bill far from the finish line, as talk of spring vote continues

PM Trudeau says he doesn’t want an election. ‘Prove it,’ says ex-chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley. 

As Ford declares second state of emergency, some federal Ontario MPs say situation at ‘critical point,’ looking for more clarity

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Ontario provincial government has declared a second state of emergency in the wake of spiraling cases of the pandemic.

With Trump leaving and Biden taking over as U.S. president, ‘stars aligned’ for Canada on having a ‘stable, experienced partner,’ say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden will face a number of daunting challenges, including uniting a divisive America, and the best way to do that is to tackle the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the U.S.

Prisoners owed ‘remedy’ for harsh conditions in prisons amid COVID, says watchdog

The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.

Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

News
The changes weren’t made in a vacuum, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

100 days in, Greens’ leader Paul says she’s close to homing in on where to run

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mobilizing younger voters, especially millennials, would be a 'political windfall' for the Greens, especially in ridings where left-leaning voters have a say in the outcome, says Nik Nanos.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.