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REIMAGINING GOVERNMENTS

Christopher Wilson

One must not try only to reform governments, but must truly reimagine them completely. Internet has forced all of us to question the ten fundamental assumptions on which the notion of government as currently experienced is built. The new model of government will resemble the Internet: networked, open, inclusive, collaborative, innovative and adaptive – a platform for human cooperation.







THE UNWISDOM OF THE PBO

Andrea E. Courtney

In the summer of 2014, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) in Ottawa has issued an edict about the fiscal materiality of the Canadian federal public service’s sick leave scheme: supposedly it has none. This article raises serious questions about the wisdom of the PBO office.







“OFFICIAL BILINGUALISM” FOR OTTAWA? NO, AND THAT IS WHY!

Gilles Paquet

A small group of well-intentioned yet very ill-advised citizens would like Ottawa to become officially bilingual. This sort of legal bind might carry minimal symbolic gratification, but would disturb a very delicate geo-political balance, and put into question the unsung effort to create an officious National Capital Region that would fully reflect an inclusive image of Canada – a project that has been under construction for some 40 years.







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet











COMPETENCIES: PART OF THE GOVERNANCE VACUUM

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Public sector management at the federal level in Canada has been harshly criticized for its inefficiency and surrealism. This is ascribable to a great extent to a weak management structure, but also in great part to a refusal to adopt a robust competency approach to the human resource function.







THE INVISIBLE FOOT AND THE SPIRIT OF CORRUPTION

Gilles Paquet

Corruption is a source of waste and poor coordination. It has evolved recently and has become less personalized and more systemic, and calls for new ways if one wants to fight systemic corruption effectively. Ways to combat legal and illegal corruption, but also white, grey and black corruption are examined.











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