Monday, January 4, 2016

Advisers urge Justin Trudeau to be innovative in era of dramatic change

OTTAWA — Federal advisers have told Justin Trudeau he must adopt more innovative approaches to successfully govern in the modern era.
Internal briefing memos prepared for the prime minister say the new landscape is being shaped by policy complexity, rapid technological change, limited finances and increasing expectations of citizen involvement.
The notes say people increasingly expect the government to include them early and often in the design of policy and programming choices that affect them.
At the same time, however, government is often bogged down by red tape, the need for signoffs from various layers of management, and barriers to effectively spending money and assigning people to tasks.
The briefing memos to Trudeau were obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act. 
The notes say the federal public service is responding by trying to support innovation across government and highlighting successful pilot projects.
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