Agents of Parliament

About the project: How can the oversight and guidance of Canada’s agents of Parliament and legislatures be improved while maintaining their autonomy within our Westminster governance model? The Public Policy Forum is studying the current and evolving role of agents, which are better known to Canadians as auditors-general, ethics commissioners and electoral officers, among others.

Methodology: We interviewed current and former agents, senior public servants, academics and elected members of Parliament. 

Timeline: Roundtables were held in late 2017. A report and recommendations were released in April 2018.

Partners: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the governments of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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