ANALYSIS: Trudeau cabinet's special guests  

ANALYSIS: Trudeau cabinet's special guests  
From Global News - January 12, 2018

Every conference has some constants: long days, complaints about coffee (quantity and/or quality) and guest speakers, to name a few. A retreat for the most powerful politicians is no exception. So just who is enlightening our countrys top decision makers as they plan for Canadas future? A couple of players theyve heard from before.

Sir Michael Barber is the architect of the phrase deliverology. He developed the concept in the United Kingdom in Tony Blairs administration and, according to his website, hes worked on public service delivery in more than 50 countries.

Just what does that mouthful mean? Barbers company, Delivery Associates, describes deliverology as both an art and a science, the system that helps leaders deliver long-lasting and meaningful results. Put simply, hes in London, Ont., and at multiple Trudeau cabinet meetings before this one, to help the government deliver on its promises.

At the retreat in Sudbury, Ont. in the summer of 2016, Barber said that in order to generate results, the next year should be spent focused on relentless implementation.

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Did that happen? Following the tenets of deliverology, the Trudeau government launched its mandate tracker to show Canadian where they are on progress. Its been criticized as too much of a pat on the back.

No question theres still a lot of work ahead to make good on promises. The July 1st deadline for legalizing marijuana looms large. And some big ticket items have been abandoned altogether. Electoral reform, for one. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a town hall Thursday night, I wasnt going to do something that I felt would harm Canadajust to tick a box off on an electoral platform.

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Another big promise thats fallen by the wayside: balancing the federal budget by 2019. Speaking to reporters at the retreat, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said this about the upcoming spring budget: Were going to be thinking about how we can make sure that women are successful in Canada were going to be thinking carefully about how we can continue to focus on long-term success for Canada, so science is an important part of our budget. He added job security was also on the list, as society deals with a rise in the use of automation.

No mention of balanced books.

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