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19 Feb

Tony Dean on the Ford Government’s and the Civil Service

February 19, 2019 | By |

The QP Briefing article looks at ways the Ontario premier can work with the public service.

Tony Dean, Senator and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, reviews the relationship between the Ford government and the civil service and examines the political transition taking place.

“A primary question for the premier and his key advisers will be whether the public service will be asked to deliver evidence-informed advice to ensure the best possible mix of outcomes that are in the public interest in view of the fiscal challenges confronting the province. Or, alternatively, whether the public service will just be asked to implement decisions made predominantly behind closed political doors by a small cadre of advisers. Challenges also arise when public servants are asked for research or to consult without being given contextual information on the government’s overall goals and objectives.

I’m optimistic that more trust will grow over time. There is a mutual interdependence in the political-public service relationship — our system of democratic governance depends on it and so do citizens.”

Read more here.