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Hugh Segal appointment step forward, but how much of one?

The appointment of Hugh Segal to co-chair the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service is definitely a step forward for those worried about the decline of evidence-based policy making in the federal government.

Segal has shown he believes public policy should be based on evidence. That makes him a significant improvement over one of the people he is replacing.

Federal transfer payments should make us “equal as citizens”

A new book by Nova Scotia author Richard Starr points to the gap between what federal transfer payments are meant to do and the current reality.

Federal transfer payments were meant to ensure Canadians in all parts of the country had equal access to public services – something Canadians overwhelmingly support. But the portrayal of those payments as a means for poorer provinces to “leech” off better off ones has made it possible to undermine federal equalization programs.

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