About the Public Services Foundation

Running government like a business failing

In an article published in the Globe and Mail earlier this year, public administration expert Donald Savoie argued that running government like a business has failed. The number of public employees serving the public has dropped, while the number managing processes has increased. He argues the failure reflect the very different role the public and private sectors are expected to play.

Privatization on insurers' agenda

Letter to the Editor, Globe and Mail

re: Infrastructure on insurers' agenda; Industry calls for opportunities to keep funding in Canada, suggests more private-public partnerships

The insurance industry's support for P3 privatization deals should make people very nervous.

Insurance companies are supporting P3 privatization deals because they mean higher profits. And all of us will be paying for those profits.

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.


Subscribe to Public Services Foundation of Canada RSS