Government and Globalization: What Kind of Public Service Does Canada Need in Order to Thrive in the Knowledge Economy


Globalization and the rise of global value chains has put countries in competition for those high-value, knowledge-intensive activities that are key to prosperity. The Canadian business community is adapting to or realizing the implications of this new reality; but what of the public service? Does its role need to change in this new environment? In short, what kind of public service does Canada need in order to thrive in the global, knowledge economy? In the fall of 2007, the Public Policy Forum held roundtable discussions with business leaders across the country to discuss these questions. The paper provided a common frame of reference for the roundtable discussions.