Prime Ministers and the Canadian Public Service

Canada possesses a Parliamentary System of Government which is Executive Dominant, in that, the Executive the Prime Minister and Cabinet controls the decision-making agenda. In the 1960s the decision-making system was rationalized by the recommendations of the royal commission on Government Organization (Glassco). In the 1970s following criticisms by the Auditor General the Lambert Commission on Financial Management recommended improvements in Accountable Management within a framework of a fiscal Plan (A Mutually Compatible Management System). Yet the system continued to be Executive Dominant. Pursuant to the patronage scandal the Harper government passed An Accountability Act and established a parliamentary Budget Office and Officer who subsequently categorized the system to be Un-Accountable. In the 1960s, the Pearson Government had established an Economic Council with freedom to publish its findings without Cabinet authorization. It was abandoned in the early 1990s. Why the persistence of the accountability challenge? How can we address issues of Executive Dominance, Parliamentary Effectiveness and Accountability and Citizens Engagement in the 21st Century?

Poster: Richard Phidd _POSTER_ February 9_2017

Speaker: Richard W. Phidd
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College
For further information, please contact Vicky Carnevale at: x: 33824 or

Hosted by the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College and Co-Sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Administration and Law.