New book calls for national regulatory agenda

    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Taxation, spending, and regulation each
make up about one-third of government activity, but regulation gets far less
attention from governments than do the other two functions. A new book
released today by The Conference Board of Canada calls for an annual national
regulatory agenda to ensure a more strategic approach to creating new rules
and enforcing existing regulations.
    "As a country, we can no longer maintain an approach to regulation that
is less than strategic," said Prof. Bruce Doern, author of Red Tape, Red
Flags: Regulation for the Innovation Age. "Much of existing regulatory policy
is oriented toward one regulation at a time, which is quite inadequate for the
kinds of complex challenges we face. A strategic agenda that identifies
government's regulatory priorities, presented publicly for democratic debate,
is long overdue."
    The book is a product of the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Program, which has
just completed the second year of a 10-year program. The Scholar-in-Residence
Program brings renowned academic scholars to the Conference Board to study
topics of public policy debate.
    Red Tape, Red Flags: Regulation for the Innovation Age includes the
proceedings of the 2nd CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, held in May 2007 and
moderated by Allan Gregg, President, Allan Gregg Strategies and Chairman of
Harris/Decima Research. The book also includes the commentaries of Rick
Thorpe, British Columbia's minister responsible for regulatory reform, Green
Party Leader Elizabeth May, and Janet Yale, Executive Vice-President,
Corporate Affairs, TELUS Corporation, at the Scholar-in-Residence Lecture.

    A book launch will be held this evening at the Empire Grill, 47 Clarence
Street in Ottawa, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The book is free to download at

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For further information: Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, (613) 526-3090
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