The Trudeau government was swept into office, in part, by promising to offer a fairer and more open government than its predecessor. The Liberal party strategists knew that the public had grown weary of the Harper government’s penchant for secrecy in a wide range of policy areas and was looking for a renewed commitment to openness. Over the course of the almost ten-year Conservative government, the public found fewer opportunities to interact with their government and, by the end, public consultation was reduced to filling out online surveys within short time frames without the benefit of background materials or any indication of the government’s intentions.
Open and Transparent Government
The government has set a high standard against which they will be judged at the next election and given the long list of commitments to Open Government, there is increasing pressure on the Cabinet Committee to go beyond the aspirational to a real change in administrative behaviour.