OTTAWA, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Public Policy Forum released a report today calling for the establishment of guidelines on
government formation in our country. The report, Towards Guidelines on Government Formation: Facilitating Openness &
Transparency in Canada's Governance, offers recommendations on how senior government officials can help make
the formation of governments, especially during periods of uncertainty,
more clear, predictable and transparent.
"The roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the government
formation process are often unclear and misunderstood in our country,"
said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "As other Commonwealth
countries have done, Canadians should consider establishing a set of
guidelines that clarify the process in Canada."
This report makes the case that such guidelines should be
publicly-accessible and "principles-based" with the goal of clearly
outlining the relevant roles, responsibilities and conventions that are
central to the process.
"The frequency of federal elections (five since 2000), the recent
influence of minority parliaments and confusion around issues such as
prorogation or the prospect of coalition governments have all
underscored the need for a better understanding of our governance
processes," the report says. "The election of a majority parliament has
now created the ideal 'peace-time' conditions allowing for a neutral
and reasoned discussion on this important subject."
The report synthesizes the findings of two roundtable discussions and a series of
interviews with former Governors General, High Commissioners to Canada,
former Clerks of the Privy Council, transition team leaders, scholars
and members of the news media.
Over the past year, the Public Policy Forum launched the Government Formation in Canada initiative to explore the possible utility of developing Canadian
guidelines that clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of key
stakeholders during and immediately following an election. The study
looked at the role of the Crown, elected representatives, senior public
servants, the news media and the general public under such
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