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Canada in Transition: Advice to the Next Prime Minister

Report by PPF

This report, prepared by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) immediately before the change in leadership of the federal government in late 2003, examines a number of key issues pertaining to the future of Canada; the thinking was synthesized in this paper for the benefit of the incoming Prime Minister, Paul Martin. The Public Policy Forum surveyed members of the PPF itself, as well as senior level executives across the country, in order to gather the findings included in this report.

The PPF challenged survey respondents to consider three issues facing the country as a whole: 1) Canada’s position in the world; 2) the strength of Canada’s democratic institutions; and, 3) the capacity of Canada’s public service to create and deliver policies and programs that would meet the challenges faced by Canada in the early 21st century. Participants were asked not to focus exclusively on the interests of their company or industry.

While responses varied greatly, the Public Policy Forum drew some general conclusions from their findings: participants generally agreed that Canada’s international status and influence has diminished, and that in an age of globalization, the country needs to be guided by a clear understanding of its role or risk losing influence on the world stage. A second major conclusion was that there is a growing disconnect between the government and Canadian citizens. Finally, there was widespread agreement that the public service lacks accountability and needs a more innovative management system.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): PPF;
Publisher: Public Policy Forum [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus:
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

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Policy Articles / Public Administration / Bureaucracy / 2003
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Elected Officials / 2003
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perception of Canada's role in the world; public opinion; advice to Prime Minister; citizen engagement; democracy; public service;