With the next federal election no more than two years away, housing has emerged as one of the top issues for Canadian voters and the Liberals and Conservatives are now…
Alberta says a provincial pension plan would have big benefits, but critics say it makes optimistic assumptions
Appearing behind a podium with the phrase “Your Pension, Your Choice,” Alberta Premier Danielle Smith promised that the province’s proposed withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan, in favour of a homemade solution, will result in lower rates and bigger benefits.
The pre-pandemic fiscal situation in Canada was a time of calm finance ministers and debt ratios that gave Canadians bragging rights among OECD countries. Post-pandemic? Well, let’s just say it got a little ugly.
Like Canada’s public servants, and many other white collar employees, members of Parliament got a taste of remote work and decided they liked it.
A new report makes the case that Sweden has come out of the pandemic in better overall shape than almost all of Europe.
Michael Hallsworth on how governments are using behavioural insights to influence people and policies
Behavioural insight consultant Michael Hallsworth joins Amanda Lang to discuss the politics and policies shaped by nudge thinking and the use of behavioural psychology to shape government and public sector outcomes.
While the empirical evidence on ESG investing on financial returns is mixed, one thing is for sure—when asset managers add non-financial objectives, management fees are higher. When it comes to Canadian workers’ pension savings, this is clearly a value-reducing activity.
Is the quality of our civil service deteriorating over time? Former top civil servant Michael Wernick argues things are better than they seem
In this episode of The Business of Government, host Amanda Lang sits down with former top civil servant Michael Wernick to discuss Canada’s civil service, how the public sector and the political arena interact, and what, if anything, can be done to improve the performance of our government bureaucracy.
Government is far from perfect, but by many measures Canada is a successful country that ranks very highly across the world in terms of relevant governance measures. Improvements can be made, but only if short-term political calculations are resisted.
If we want to preserve the hard-won gains that have made Canada one of the freest and most prosperous countries in the world, we have to rediscover a less satisfying politics: the work of governance.