Harper’s bid to stack the public service should be blocked — no exceptions

Author: Maryantonett Flumian

iPolitics recently revealed that the outgoing Harper government made 49 future appointments averaging 81 days between the time of the election and the time the appointment was scheduled to go into effect. While a review of past appointments shows outgoing governments sometimes make appointments that take effect in the days after an election, none came anywhere close to the scale of what Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office did in the final days of his government. View the remainder of the… Read more

Canadians say they want electoral reform. Do they?

Author: Maryantonett Flumian

Friday’s throne speech was brief by recent standards, but there was still plenty of substance to mull over — not least the priority it gave to democratic reform. If the importance of democratic reform wasn’t already clear enough from the government’s election platform, or from the appointment of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, it should have been apparent to anyone who read the ministerial mandate letters. View the remainder of the article on

Executive Leadership Program Participants Graduate at Rideau Club

Author: Institute on Governance

The Institute on Governance was pleased to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the participants of the ninth cohort of the Executive Leadership Program who graduated on November 19. The event took place at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. These executives from the federal government went through a year long leadership training program which focused on becoming better public sector leaders. During the evening, the graduates presented their views on change and leadership. We thank Andrew Treusch, Commissioner  and Chief… Read more

Ministers of State are cabinet ministers — if the PM wants them to be

Author: Maryantonett Flumian

After a review of the Orders in Council published in the aftermath of the swearing-in of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet, some commentators discovered that, in fact, some ministers had been appointed as Ministers of State and concluded that therefore, these were not the “full cabinet ministers” the PM said they were. While it’s true that, in technical terms, some ministers were appointed as Ministers of State under the Ministries and Ministers of State Act, the criticisms were wrong…. Read more

IOG welcomes new Executive Leadership Program cohort

Author: Toby Fyfe

  On Monday November 23rd, the IOG welcomed 15 new participants for the launch of the twelfth cohort of its Executive Leadership Program. Throughout this year long program, these federal government executives will focus on becoming better public sector leaders in a new government context. This will be done by exploring and understanding the new digital environment in which we find ourselves and its impact on government, evolving public sector governance and, the challenges and opportunities of leadership.  We look… Read more

Reading between the lines of the cabinet mandate letters

Author: Maryantonett Flumian

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent each of the 30 members of his cabinet a letter, with messages of congratulations, encouragement and exhortation. The letters also contained the ministers’ individual marching orders — the prime minister’s expectations of where they will focus and what they will accomplish, at least in the opening years of their mandate. In this, Trudeau was following the practice of his predecessors dating back to his father’s days in the PMO. Justin Trudeau has departed… Read more

What Trudeau’s committees tell us about his government

Author: Maryantonett Flumian

Sir John A. Macdonald once listed his profession as “cabinet maker” — a light-hearted recognition of the fact that putting a cabinet together is the defining responsibility of a prime minister. And it’s not just a matter of picking the people who make up a cabinet. Through the configuration of their portfolios and the departments that comprise them, the structure of the House committees and the decision-making processes itself, the PM sets the tone of his government, signals its priorities… Read more

IOG recruiting for its Fall Executive Leadership Program cohort

Author: Toby Fyfe

The IOG is launching the 12th cohort of its successful Executive Leadership Program (ELP) on November 23, 2015. Since its inception in 2011, over 160 participants from 31 departments and agencies have taken advantage of this unique and comprehensive opportunity to both strengthen their personal skills and support the building of a strong public service of the future. The Clerk of the Privy Council, Janice Charette, has said that preparing for a changing public service is her priority. During this… Read more

IOG partners with Dalhousie University to deliver innovative board governance training

Author: Laura Edgar

The Institute on Governance is partnering with Dalhousie University to bring a unique national program designed to assist executive directors, board chairs and other board members deepen their understanding and practice of governance as the exercise of leadership inside and outside the boardroom. Improving Non-Profit Governance involves peer learning, coaching, and the application of ideas from a wide range of learning resources and tools supplied. The philosophy of the program is that organizational governance involves a variety of functions and structures. Boards are… Read more

Getting Ready for an Election and Government Transition

Author: Toby Fyfe

Special lunchtime workshop at the Institute on Governance – July 10, 2015 The IOG is running this special lunchtime workshop for senior managers and executives in the federal public service on Friday July 10 from 11:30 am to 2:00pm. The workshop will be led by a former senior public servant, Roberta Santi, formerly Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government, at the Privy Council Office, with extensive experience in government transitions…. Read more

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