201612_december_inside-policy-coverDecember 2016: “The consultation process” named 2016 policy-maker of the year

Everything from postal delivery to national defence has been poked, prodded and examined by panels, boards and commissions of all sizes in 2016.

That’s why, with no one individual dominating the policy scene in the past year, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has named “the consultation process” as its policy-maker of the year in the Dec. 2016 edition of Inside Policy.

As Marni Soupcoff writes in her cover essay “Almost every important area of policy is under review, and most not-so-important ones are too”, with some 80 separate federal consultations of some kind under way in the last year.

Then again, as Scott Reid writes in his commentary, shouldn’t governments gather evidence, learn, and try to understand what Canadians want before making decisions? In his opinion, “The takeaway for fair-minded observers is that when governments ask for your opinion, more times than not, they actually want it.”

What a concept.

Finally, regarding our cover feature, MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer writes that since the government is asking, MLI has done a good deal of important research on these policy issues already. He has some ideas for the government as it moves on to the policy making phase following all these consultations.

To read the full version of the magazine, click here.

Independent Senate could save us from electoral reform, Stanley H. Hartt

Nothing Doing: The Consultation Process is the logical choice for Policy-Maker of the Year, Marni Soupcoff

Listen up! Governments consult because they care what people think, Scott Reid

Since the government is asking: Policy recommendations from MLI, Sean Speer

Straight Talk on the Canadian justice system with Scott Newark

Ottawa’s support of CanCon in need of an overhaul, Sean Speer

Ottawa is right to hold the line on health funding, Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer

Is Canada coddling its spoiled seniors? No. Susan Eng

Is Canada coddling its spoiled seniors? Yes. Margaret Wente

What Canadians really think of the cultural mosaic, Philip Carl Salzman

Donald Trump is the new face of capitalism. God help capitalism. Alex Massie

What Donald Trump means for Canadian foreign policy, Shuvaloy Majumdar

How Canada can turn the Trump presidency to its advantage, Brian Lee Crowley