In just a few short years, the Open Government movement has gained considerable traction in Canada. Some of our largest cities including Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa as well as smaller centres such as Nanaimo have announced Open Government initiatives. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has declared that ‘open government’ is one of her top three policy initiatives for that province. In March 2011, then Treasury Board President Stockwell Day announced the launch of the federal Government’s Open Data portal. This was described as but one element of a more ambitious Open Government initiative.
The Pubic Policy Book Club meets four to six times per year to discuss and debate books about issues and trends in public policy. Based in Regina, it is comprised of senior and mid-level public servants from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments and related organizations, employees of Crown corporations, as well as academics from the University of Regina’s Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.