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Accountability and Risk Management in the Federal System popular

This report describes the discussions of a Public Policy Forum workshop held in April 2005. Leaders from the federal government, academia, the voluntary sector, and the private sector attended the workshop to explore the future of accountability in public service management as a result of changes announced in the federal budget and by the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Accounting for Gomery: The Money Links Between the Federal Government, Political Parties and Private Interests

This Digital Publication by Mark Mullins takes a new look at the Gomery inquiry and the deeper financial realities it revealed. To begin, Mullins states that the amounts of money and number of people involved in the sponsorship scandal are larger than previously known. Specifically, he cites 565 organizations and individuals this study found to be involved, compared to only 71 organizations originally cited in the 2003 Auditor General’s Report.

Canada in Transition: Advice to the Next Prime Minister

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.

Half Full, At Best: Challenges to the Council of the Federation

Ian Peach begins his report with background information about the Council of the Federation: it was established by Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers on December 5, 2003. Peach points out that it is far too early to determine whether the Council of the Federation will be successful in terms of influencing direction on the public policy challenges facing Canadian governments. Peach undertakes this analysis, however, to determine (from the Founding Agreement) what the advantages and disadvantages of the Council of the Federation might be.

Hell and High Water: An Assessment of Paul Martin's Record and Implications for the Future

Hell and High Water’s introduction and one chapter are available in PDF format; the entire book is available for purchase from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Edited by Todd Scarth, the book contains assessments by 10 policy experts who examine major aspects of Paul Martin’s record in key areas including: debt and deficit, taxes, the economy; social, and environmental policies; federal-provincial issues; and international affairs.

Mandate for Leadership for the New Prime Minister

This publication was created by the Fraser Institute in anticipation of the Liberal Party’s selection of a new leader, in November 2003; the leader would also become Canada’s new Prime Minister. The purpose of this document: to convey to the new Prime Minister, and his government, policy recommendations in crucial areas of federal jurisdiction. The authors of these recommendations are experts in their fields.

Members of Parliament and Government Relations Representatives: Defining a New Relationship

The Public Policy Forum has published Defining a New Relationship in an effort to determine how public institutions can adapt and become more transparent and accountable in the face of declining public trust. The report summarizes a series of interviews and a roundtable discussion conducted with Members of Parliament (MPs) and government relations representatives (GRs) in order to develop an understanding of the role the two groups play in policy development. The report concludes that while the relationship between the two is often positive, problems do exist that undermine the common ground that MPs and GRs share.

Ministerial Accountability: Suggestions for Reform

This brief report summarizes a roundtable proposed by Treasury Board President Reg Alcock and hosted by the Public Policy Forum in June 2004. The roundtable’s objective was to provide Mr. Alcock with guidance on the issue of Ministerial accountability.

Parliamentary Reform: Implications for stakeholders of an enhanced role for Members of Parliament in shaping and approving legislation

This brief report provides a summary of proceedings of a joint roundtable held by the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to discuss key implications for stakeholders vis-à-vis possible approaches to Parliamentary reform.

Submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Actives

This brief paper, prepared by Imagine Canada, Canadian Council on Social Development, and Canadian Policy Research Networks, was written in in response to and invitation by the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities for public input on what can be done to improve accountability in the Government of Canada. Specifically the paper emphasizes a need for caution in developing accountability measures so as to ensure that accountability measures do not excessively restrict worthy activities. The organizations involved in preparing this paper recommend refocusing accountability practices to better balance the need for financial controls, improve the process by which the Government is accountable to Canadians and utilize the non-profit sector as a link between citizens and their government.