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Gilles Paquet

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet have taken a critical look at the Phoenix affair in the June 2018 issue of OPTIMUM (Hubbard and Paquet 2018) and underlined some toxic aspects of the affair that had not been sufficiently scrutinized as of the winter term of 2017-2018. In this present short dossier, OPTIMUM proposes an addendum to the June report to consider the two recent official evaluative reports by the AG in May 2018 and by the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance in July 2018.

Both these reports have been insightful but predictably very carefully worded.

The Auditor General on Phoenix: A Needed Revolution In The Mind Of The Tribe Likely To Be Resisted

Gilles Paquet

Gilles Paquet takes the May 18, 2018 Auditor General's report on the Phoenix affair as his starting point. This report confirms the deficiencies of the Canadian federal public service. He also analyzes some reactions from the Clerk and an academic to the AG's report.

The Senate Committee on Phoenix: Focus On Two Administrative Failures

Ruth Hubbard

Ruth Hubbard takes as her starting point the July 2018 Senate Committee report and proposes some recommendations about public administration reforms.

Volume 45, Issue 4 - Dec 2015

Laments of two fundamentalists

Andrea E. Courtney

Volume 45, Issue 3 - Sep 2015

The Canadian federal public service: tinkering can no longer suffice

Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet

The Canadian tainted blood tragedy: four ill-founded accusations

Gilles Paquet, Roger A. Perrault

On the occasion of the publication of David Levine’s memoirs: What a health economist has learned

Gérard Bélanger

Volume 45, Issue 2 - Jul 2015

The Don Quixote syndrome: weasel words as guideposts

Andrea E. Courtney

Cooperation and governance in international development: a relational perspective

Normand Ouellet

Strategic Leadership in the Emergency Management Systems

Denis H.J. Caro

Volume 45, Issue 1 - Mar 2015

Freedom of expression and terrorism: about a conversation we refuse to have

Gilles Paquet

Understanding the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong

Jean-François Dupré

Volume 44, Issue 4 - Dec 2014

X-ray of a discontent:
Official bilingualism for Ottawa redux

Gilles Paquet

Repairing the management vacuum at the federal level in Canada

Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet

Volume 44, Issue 3 - Sep 2014

The Unwisdom of the PBO

Andrea E. Courtney

“Official bilingualism” for Ottawa? No, and that is why!

Gilles Paquet

Volume 44, Issue 2 - Jun 2014

On critical thinking

Gilles Paquet

Integrating Risk and Performance Measurement: A proposed model

David Coderre, Gregory Richards

Economic growth and religious fervor: Quebec 1920-1970

Vincent Geloso, Hubert Villeneuve

Volume 44, Issue 1 - Mar 2014

The 1% myth

Andrea E. Courtney

Governance as challenges unmet

Gilles Paquet

Volume 43, Issue 4 - Dec 2013

The Political-Bureaucratic Interface: A Comment on Andrew Griffith’s Expedition

Gilles Paquet

Volume 43, Issue 3 - Sep 2013

Columnist vs Academic: a value-adding flip in public affairs?

Andrea E. Courtney

Volume 43, Issue 2 - Jun 2013

Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Andrew Griffith

Volume 43, Issue 1 - Mar 2013

Electricity in Quebec before 1940: were they right to nationalize?

Vincent Geloso

Does Public Health Governance work?

Alexandra Giraud-Roufast

Volume 42, Issue 4 - Dec 2012

Behavioural Economics and Food Safety Regulation

Catherine Liston-Heyes

The Canadian Naval Mutiny of the 1940s

Christopher Wilson

What Can One Expect from Minority Governments?

Marc Gervais

Volume 42, Issue 3 - Sep 2012

Horizontal Management in Canada Ten Years Later

Evert A. Lindquist

Subsidized daycare: not a source of budget surplus

François Leroux

Community governance innovations: French Canada outside Quebec

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Volume 42, Issue 2 - Jun 2012

Canada’s Commercial Fisheries: Share the Wealth or Create Prosperity?

Daniel Lane

Impact of Government Investments in Research & Innovation: Review of Academic Investigations

Margaret Dalziel, Joe Roswell, Tanita Noor Tahmina et/and Xiao Zhao

CRTC: The Human Side of Czardom

John Meisel

Volume 42, Issue 1 - Mar 2012

Arthur Kroeger on Political Management

David Stambrook

Media, imprecation and disinformation

Gilles Paquet

Volume 41, Issue 4 - Dec 2011

Should One Complain About the Bottomless Pit of Health Care Expenditures?

Gérard Bélanger

Volume 41, Issue 3 - Sep 2011

About dumbfounding aspects of Canadian immigration policy

Gilles Paquet

A Charter of Canadian Citizenship

Randolph Gherson

On the definition of public governance

Benoît Rigaud et/and Johann Jacob

Volume 41, Issue 2 - Jun 2011

Mentally ill prisoners and telepsychiatry

Ruth Hubbard and Dr. James Nielsen

Volume 41, Issue 1 - Mar 2011

Problems with Canada’s Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act

Paul G. Thomas

Public Servants in Minority Government

David A. Good

Volume 40, Issue 4 - Dec 2010

Departmental Audit Committees: an evaluation

Peter Larson and David Zussman

Immigration and the solidarity-diversity-security nexus

Gilles Paquet

Volume 40, Issue 2 - Jun 2010

The CRTC’s Role in Canada 3.0

Sheridan Scott

SARS, Public Health, and Network Governance

Claude Rocan, Ph.D.

Democratic ideal and other mirages: response to Éric Forgues

Gilles Paquet

Volume 39, Issue 3 - Sep 2009

An ombudsman can influence attitudes

Laura Bruneau

Letting the Watchdog Off the Leash

André Marin

Strenghtening The Confidence In Public Procurement

Shahid Minto

Volume 39, Issue 2 - Jun 2009

Federalism and Accountabilities in the Social Arena

Julie M. Simmons

Not in the catbird seat: pathologies of governance

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Volume 39, Issue 1 - Mar 2009

The Canadian energy scene: confusion, contradiction, and its consequences

Andrew D. Miall, FRSC

The black hole of equity in health

Monique Bégin


Gilles Paquet

Measurement in Public Management: The Case for the Defence

Ralph Heintzman

Volume 38, Issue 4 - Dec 2008

Resurrecting relevance in academic policy research through think tanks

Ian Peach

Volume 38, Issue 3 - Aug 2008

Investment in prevention in the financing of health care

Pierre Fortin and Luc Godbout

Volume 38, Issue 2 - May 2008

Political-Administrative Interface in Canada’s Public Sector

Paul G. Thomas

Unintelligent accountability and the killing off of optimism

Susan Hodgett

Private concerns and public action: a conceptual framework and an Irish aside

Nicholas Acheson

Volume 38, Issue 1 - Mar 2008

A new indicator of university productivity

by T. A. Brzustowski and R. Truman

The Canada Investment Savings initiative: lessons to be learned

Jean-Pierre Aubry

Sources of ineffective governance in the Canadian public sector

Bryan Shane and Patricia Lafferty

Volume 37, Issue 4 - Dec 2007

The social acceptability of electricity transport systems: a case of relational learning

Louis Simard

Competitive intelligence and the management accountability framework

Jonathan Calof

Volume 37, Issue 3 - Oct 2007

Canada as counter-narrative: multiculturalism, recognition and redistribution

Keith G. Banting

Do I see a demand?... From “medicare” to health for all

Hon. Monique Bégin, PC, FRSC, OC

Volume 37, Issue 2 - Jun 2007

Cat's Cradling: APEX Forums on Wicked Problems

Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet

Gaining democratic control

Normand Ouellet

Volume 36, Issue 4 - Dec 2006

Canadian federal public service: The view from recent executive recruits

Peter Larson, David Zussman

The many are smarter than the few

Gilles Paquet

The case for marketing in the public sector

Jim H. Mintz, Doug Church, Bernie Colterman

Major project management and measurement: a new approach

Brian Shane and Patricia Lafferty

Volume 36, Issue 3 - Sep 2006

The proper use of transparency instruments

Daniel J. Caron and Terry D. Hunt

The ‘passport of convenience’ phenomenon

Robin Higham

A fiscal incentive to work

Luc Godbout and Matthieu Arseneau

Volume 36, Issue 2 - Jun 2006

Copyright and Access to Published Works: A Challenge for Educational Institutions in Canada

Pierrette Landry

Paying Too Much for Your Whistle?

Paul G. Thomas

Volume 36, Issue 1 - Mar 2006

Canada-US Relations: The View from Here

Alan Johnston

Volume 35, Issue 4 - Dec 2005

Aboriginal Casinos: Who's Cashing In?

Judith Kulig, Doyle MacKinnon

The Future of Canada’s Fresh Water

Jocelyn Leney

Human Security: Is It Still Relevant?

Deanna Jesse, Dawn McLean

Sustainable Development: myth or reality?

Jean-Sébastien Trudel, Olivier Thomas

Volume 35, Issue 3 - Sep 2005

The Quail enigma

Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet

Volume 35, Issue 2 - Jul 2005

Performance measurement and management in the public sector

Paul G. Thomas

There is no vertical fiscal imbalance: Breau revisited

Rod Dobell

There is a vertical fiscal imbalance: Breau’s sophistry

Gilles Paquet

Volume 35, Issue 1 - Mar 2005

Legitimacy on trial: The appointment of Supreme Court judges in Canada

Ian Peach

Local governance: the case of Rouyn-Noranda

Denis Geoffroy

Major project measurement: an excellence-driven approach

Bryan Shane, Patricia Lafferty

Volume 34, Issue 4 - Dec 2004

Strategy, capacity and horizontal governance: perspectives from Australia and Canada

Evert Lindquist

PIPEDA: Impact on CRM and public-private sector interaction

Nicholas Robinson, David Large

PIPEDA and the governance of charities

Jeffrey H. McCully

Volume 34, Issue 3 - Oct 2004

Minority government and public servants

David Good

The role of law in democratic administration

Greg Tardi

Volume 34, Issue 2 - Jul 2004

An incoherent fiscal system in Canada

Jean-Pierre Aubry

Volume 34, Issue 1 - Apr 2004

The Auditor General and sponsorship: a commentary
The $100 million mirage: a cautionary note

John A. Chenier, Gilles Paquet

Productivity in the public sector: Swedish and Australian lessons for Canada

Joshua Heller

Volume 33, Issue 4 - Dec 2003

Is Canada Investment and Savings necessary?

Jean-Pierre Aubry

An evidence-based approach to policy work

Andrea May Simpson

Volume 33, Issue 3 - Sep 2003

Getting the questions right: challenges for 21st century policy makers

Riel Miller

Performance measurement system: a leadership-driven methodology

Bryan Shane

Volume 33, Issue 2 - Jun 2003

What ethics for science?

Gilles Paquet

A dialogue on foreign policy: useful but not quite satisfactory

Monica Gattinger

Volume 33, Issue 1 - Mar 2003

Societal governance and increasing ethnic diversity

Raymond Breton

The Governance of Government

Sheldon Ehrenworth

Can a centralized system be decentralized?

Gérard Bélanger

Volume 32, Issue 4 - Dec 2002

Fragmentation and the New Risk Discourse: Implications for Governance

William Cowie

Volume 32, Issue 3 - Oct 2002

Managing the sexual abuse crisis in non-profit organizations

Sheldene Simola

Leadership in learning organizations: a report from the front line

Bob Chartier

Volume 32, Issue 2 - Jun 2002

Informatics problems tackled through service level agreements

Patricia Lafferty, Bryan Shane

Volume 32, Issue 1 - Mar 2002

Revisiting the Canada Health Act: What are the impediments to change?

Hon. Monique Bégin PC FRSC OC

Volume 31, Issue 2 - Dec 2001

Embedded Learning Through Process Integration

Gregory Richards

Volume 31, Issue 1 - Nov 2001

P-P-Partnering: Transportation P3s help get you there

Michael Wilson

Bridging a Gap in International Project Financing

Lucien Bradet

Volume 30, Issue 3 - Apr 2001

Who owns what?

Steve Bittner

Volume 30, Issue 2 - Jun 2000

Emotional intelligence: a review and appraisal

Mark N. Wexler

Horizontal integration

Jeanne M. Flemming

Organizational change under high external pressure

Art Turner

Volume 30, Issue 1 - Mar 2000

Break-even efficacy of the New Brunswick heart health promotion campaign

John A. Boyne, Joyendu Bhadury, Julie Golding-Page

Sustainable development strategy consultations

Rick Smith, Gisèle Grandbois, Jean-François Tremblay

Some obstacles to measuring results

Barbara Wake Carroll

Volume 29, Issue 2 - Jun 1999

Canada Communication Group privatization: lessons learned

The CCG Privatization Project Team

Cultivating technology commercialization teams

Keith Belinko, David W. Large

Shaping public policy in the next decade

David Zussman

Volume 29, Issue 1 - Mar 1999

Performance measurement in the UK public sector: Poisoned chalice or Holy Grail?

Ron Eden, Noel Hyndman

Many hands on the tiller: Change, governance and leadership

Paul G. Thomas

Performance measurement in the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Pierre Sabourin

Volume 28, Issue 4 - Dec 1998

Canadians and their public institutions

Frank Graves, Paul Reed

Marketing in government

Judith J. Madill

Transformations at Justice

Donald Lemaire, Richard Thompson, Adèle Lamoureux

Volume 28, Issue 3 - Sep 1998

Profile of a research survey of public works authorities in 21 countries

Elizabeth Fox

Renovating governance: lessons from sustainable development

Edward Manning, Gordon Clifford, T. David Dougherty, Denis Jolette

Administrative morality

James Q. Wilson

Volume 28, Issue 2 - Jun 1998

Modern comptrollership: a new era of public service reform

J. Colin Potts

Volume 28, Issue 1 - Mar 1998

Outcomes of CRAD’s client satisfaction survey

Pierre Gauvin, David W. Large, Michael Guolla

The impact of technology on organizational performance

Yves C. Gagnon, Jocelyne Dragon

Costs and risks of doing business in Asia Pacific

Nicolino Strizzi, Gurpit S. Kindra

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