OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - "It's our intention to help de-mystify decision-making in the executive branch of our governments," says Jim Dinning, who is chairing the Panel for an important new study by Canada's Public Policy Forum. "Governance Matters provides an impressive group of Canadians with an opportunity to weigh in on how public-sector governance works in practice, and where the challenges lie."
Dinning, a former Treasurer of the Province of Alberta, is joined on the Panel overseeing this initiative by Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec, Monique Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council, and Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal Emerita of McGill University.
Red Wilson, former President and CEO of Bell Canada, is chairing an Advisory Council of prominent Canadian leaders with diverse experience in governance, policy and politics. The Advisory Council is serving as a sounding board for the Panel.
"We aim to identify the foundational values of our system of governance," says David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "By focusing on how the so-called Westminster model has evolved in Canada, our goal is to clearly articulate how it actually works in our country today."
Governance Matters is asking some critically important questions, including:
- How do elected officials, political staff and the public service work together at the executive level of government? And why do these relationships matter?
- What has prompted the trend towards a centralization of authority, and what are the consequences? Are there effective checks and balances?
- Can demands for short-term responsiveness be balanced with the need for medium and longer-term planning and strategies?
The Public Policy Forum plans to release the Governance Matters report later this spring, which will be a valuable resource for politicians, policy-makers and anyone with an interest in understanding how Canada's public-sector governance works in practice.
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