Scandals raise questions about public sector modernization: Minister

The high-profile debacle under George Radwanski leaves the head of public-service wondering if modernization efforts have moved too far, too fast
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/29/2004


n the wake of a high-profile debacle of mismanagement at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner under George Radwanski, even the head of the public service is wondering if efforts to “modernize” management practices in the federal sector have moved “too far, too fast.”

In a speech to the Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration in Ottawa last month, Lucienne Robillard, President of the Treasury Board, said many of the traditional management assumptions in the public sector are being challenged “and in some cases even turned on their head.”