OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW/ - A new report released today by the Public
Policy Forum highlights the need for guidelines on government formation
in Canada, particularly in an age of minority parliaments.
Government Formation in Canada identifies key issues concerning the
roles of the Crown, Executive, public
service and media during periods of transition and government formation.
The report summarizes the
proceedings of a roundtable, held on March 21st in Ottawa, attended by
public service experts, scholars and
"This work sheds important light on several key issues in the process of
government formation in Canada,"
said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "Most
importantly, it was unanimously
agreed by our expert participants that, as other Commonwealth countries
have done, Canada should produce and publish guidelines for government
formation that are understood and accepted by all parties, the public
service and the Canadian public."
Participants at the roundtable agreed on a number of points, including
Current guidelines on government formation should be made public, and
subject to ongoing review, and;
A timeframe should be set after elections within which a new government
should meet the House.
Currently, Canada does not have a publicly available set of guidelines
governing the processes involved in the formation of governments after
an election, such as enforcement of the "caretaker convention." This
makes Canada one of the few Westminster-style governments that does not
have agreed-upon standards and publicly-accessible rules concerning
government formation. The United Kingdom, by contrast, clearly lists
such guidelines and practices in its current draft cabinet manual.
The Public Policy Forum will continue to examine key issues related to
government formation in the coming months. A second roundtable,
featuring international perspectives drawn from the United Kingdom and
other Commonwealth countries, will be convened later in the spring.
The Public Policy Forum is an independent, non-partisan organization
dedicated to improving governance in Canada. For further information,
including links to publications and media coverage related to this
project, please visit: http://www.ppforum.ca/governmentformation.
SOURCE PUBLIC POLICY FORUM
For further information:
| David J. Mitchell |
President & CEO, Public Policy Forum
613-238-7858, ext. 226
| James McLean |
613-238-7858, ext. 225