Canada’s democratic institutions are on trial – The Globe and Mail

Posted: August 14, 2015 in Canadian Politics, Democracy

Donald Savoie

Special to The Globe and Mail

… Governing from the centre first took shape under Pierre Trudeau. It has only grown in scope and intensity since. We have reached the point where our national political and bureaucratic institutions have lost their way. We see evidence of this everywhere – voter participation has been drifting down for the past 40 years or so and our national public service suffers from a worrisome morale problem. Why bother voting if what matters is decided by economic and political elites talking to one another or through lobbyists, and why bother generating well-thought and evidence-based policy advice, knowing that there is no political market for it? Why bother trying to manage operations as competently as your private sector counterparts when you are told to avoid all risks in the interest of managing the blame game? …

via Canada’s democratic institutions are on trial – The Globe and Mail.

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