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posted on May 18, 2008
By: Phillip Crawley
Published: MAY 17, 2008
Source: GLOBE AND MAIL UPDATE
""The chain of accountability, from voters to MP, from MP to prime minister and cabinet ministers, from ministers to the heads of government departments and agencies, and from senior civil servants to front-line managers to their employees, has broken down, University of Moncton professor and Order of Canada officer Donald Savoie wrote in his Saturday Globe essay The broken chain of answerability.
"No officer or officers of Parliament can repair it. They have neither the mandate nor the legitimacy to play more than a supporting role.
"The relationship among Parliament, the prime minister, ministers and public servants is in need of repair, and we are ill served by pretending that all is well."