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‘Six systemic crises’ confronting Canada, and politicians, policy-makers, health-care professionals need ‘systems thinking’ to tackle them, says public policy expert

By Mike Lapointe      

Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises consolidate into some really dangerous pressures on us.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu. A narrow political focus on 'discrete, daily COVID counts' is not enough to address six systemic crises confronting politicians and policy-makers in Canada, according to public policy expert Irvin Studin. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Politicians, policy-makers, and health-care professionals have been too busy focusing on beating back the pandemic and trying to ensure Canadians are shielded from the worst of the economic fallout while there are six larger, systemic crises that have the potential to dwarf the trauma already experienced in this country if left unchecked, according to Irvin Studin, the editor of Global Brief magazine and president of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, a Canadian think tank.

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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