David Zussman

David Zussman is a senior fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and is a Research Advisor to the Public Sector Practice of Deloitte.

Government appointments and the Trudeau Government 0

During the general election in 2015, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the 3rd party, made a number of commitments to rebuild many of Canada’s important governmental institutions including the House of Commons, the Senate, and the “first past the post” electoral system. After more than 18 months into its mandate, the Liberal government has made...

The Public Sector Integrity Commission (PSIC) in Perspective 0

Currently, there are ten organizations at the federal level that function as Agents of Parliament (APs). Most of the APs such as the Auditor General, the Chief Electoral Officer, and the Information Commissioner have been in place for many years while others are more recent creations of the federal government. Over the past 30 years,...

Electoral Reform 0

While Canadians grapple with the meaning of the Trump presidency and its potential impact on Canada’s economy and, more generally, on global geopolitics, an important series of events are unfolding in Ottawa.  The announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau in late January that he would not proceed with his often-touted plans to reform Canada’s electoral system...

Open and Transparent Government 0

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...

Trudeau and Foreign Affairs/ Policy 0

From a policy perspective, it is a challenge to predict how newly elected prime ministers will act once they take office. As a starting point, it is difficult to use past behaviour as a reliable guide since most newly elected prime ministers have had little, if any, experience as a national leader. It is also...

Treasury Board and Policy Suites 0

While government watchers tend to concentrate on the big policy issues, the vast majority of government officials perform a myriad of tasks associated with program delivery while others provide oversight and assessment of the appropriateness of the ways in which the billions of dollars of public money are spent. At the federal level, the day...

Reinvigorating Cabinet Committees 0

At the end of August, when most Canadians were enjoying their summer vacations, Prime Minister Trudeau made a number of significant changes to the structure and composition of his cabinet committees. This move was not unexpected given that the government has been in office for almost one year and the Prime Minister and his staff...

The Trudeau Government and Results 0

The Trudeau Government has been off and running for almost one year. Despite its third party status before the election, it has been quick out of the blocks, with wide ranging policy announcements in all sectors of Canadian society. As a general rule, Trudeau has brought a freshened view of the activist role of the...

The Deputies in the Trudeau Regime 0

The recent retirement of seven federal deputy ministers (DMs) reminds us of the pivotal and crucial role that the deputy minister community plays in the success of governments—particularly a newly elected one. Looking beyond the retirement numbers reveals a concerted effort by the current Prime Minister to renew the DM community by making an unprecedented...

Political Advisers 0

The Trudeau government is now six months into its mandate and has looked very decisive and competent in dealing with many election promises such as refugee resettlement, climate change, Senate reform and doctor-assisted suicide. One major reason the government has so successfully moved its policy agenda forward is the result of good working relations that...