What is wrong would appear to be poor organization design, bureaucratic inefficiency and low quality in the senior ranks. Privy Council Office might handle the first problem, Treasury Board Secretariat the second, and the Public Service Commission the third one.
Public service neutrality is a high-sounding moral value without much operational traction. It does not help in ensuring that the government defend the public interest nor in making public policy responsive to public need.
Toleration is too often regarded as a virtue. Yet it has a downside when it leads to the demise of critical thinking and allows impostures to prevail. Three cases triggered by Charles Taylor, Keith Banting and Roger Bernard are probed. It is argued that maximum toleration is not optimal toleration.
The author uses conjectures derived from an analysis of past Canadian financial institutions failures to gauge the present situation in Canada. He finds that regulatory delays and inaction are still a source of concern.
Our colleague Paul Reed at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa was not only one of the most knowledgeable experts on the voluntary sector in Canada, but also a renaissance man — as the obituary below suggests. Paul died unexpectedly on January 16, 2017. To celebrate Paul's contribution, OPTIMUMONLINE has decided to publish a revised version of one of Paul's papers (co-authored with Kevil Selbee and revised since then by the authors) that had been hotly debated at the Centre when it was published in a different form in 2003. This is a paper that was first published in Amsterdam, so it did not get as wide a distribution in Canada as it should have. The paper was rewritten afterward, and an expanded and revised version of the paper was privately circulated. This is the version we are publishing here.
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