Friday, September 22, 2006


I don't care what candidate you're supporting, you're candidate should at least ask this about any government act:

'How will this translate into results? Where are the results?'"

This quote is taken from today's Globe.

Keeping government in the theoretics and distant from people and their daily living is a part of why the Liberals lost the last election. What has to be done is government in accordance with results. This transcends any difference in Liberal Ideology, in fact it's non-ideological, it's a principle of procedure how an effective body should be ran.

Most Liberals already accept this, as seen in the result of our election loss motivating us to change.

Gerard Kennedy has this characteristic, the Globe iterated that fact today.

Michael Fullan, senior policy adviser to the Premier and chief architect of Ontario's blueprint for raising levels of numeracy and literacy, said he was "amazed" to find at their first meeting that the minister knew more about the proposal than his own officials. Mr. Kennedy quickly became its driver.

In Mr. Fullan's judgment, four things made Mr. Kennedy effective: concern for social justice, his sheer, intellectual prowess, an obsession with results, and indefatigable energy. "He must have worked 20 hours a day. I'm sure it made him annoying to some staffers. Too much micromanagement. Too many expectations. He didn't berate anyone, but he was demanding. He put enormous pressure on people, because he was driven that way. I've worked with policy makers for 25 years. Most just want to get it on the books, not worry about implementation. Gerard's take was, 'How will this translate into results? Where are the results?'"

Having a result based government will constantly keep it renewed and connected with the people it governs. It must be reactive to the changing needs of the people. Gerard Kennedy already has done that.

"I established clear goals, at the ministry and elsewhere, and gave a lot of latitude, but was never content to see those things not done. You have to get the implementation. There's nothing worth getting up for otherwise."

This, he conceded, "was a bit unusual for people. They were used to being handed an objective along with, 'Could you at least make it look like this is happening?' But government is not an academic exercise. It's spending people's money and causing some good to happen."

Kennedy's ministry was a success in Ontario and has been an example to other provincial and federal ministries.


Post a Comment

<< Home