It would appear unlikely that a very civil disagreement between Robert Lepage, the well-known Canadian homme de théâtre, and Simon Brault, the numero uno of the Canada Council for the Arts, might raise national concerns. But there was more to it than met the public eye.
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.
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.
What to do to establish whether the French-Canadian diaspora can be rejuvenated into an active force, and if it can, how? A proposal in four stages and a mini-coup d'état in three movements.
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