I had the honor to speak in Quebec today at the Public Sector Advisory Council put on by The Conference Board in Canada. It was a great opportunity to hear from and speak to leaders in the Canadian public sector in a way that generated great conversations and a great open struggle with pushing forward toward public sector progress.
We had a briefing from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on their leading of the Free Trade Agreement talks with the EU. It was enlightening to see how the current economic situation has opened up the possibility for all countries to reseat themselves at the global economic table. And it is a playbook for provinces and municipalities interested in getting more directly involved with trade negotiations.
Those talks emboldened the PSAC to consider challenging issues much more deeply and the result is a direct consultation with Jerry Mechling of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on how to breakthrough with new thoughts on service delivery. I challenged all of them to think of Government as a Platform and Open Government as a precedent for these types of efforts.
These offsites and conversations need to receive our message much more directly. It was an interesting conversations with leaders who can make it happen. And they were receptive at the thoughts and engaged in a great conversation on the viability of the ideas.
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