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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

What is the Role of Government? Rationales, Instruments and Issues

with Mel Cappe,
Former Clerk of the Privy Council
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mel Cappe
Former Clerk of the Privy Council


Participants must register to attend: Register here


WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x7854, x5473


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.



A well-functioning democracy must be led by an effective and efficient government. A healthy yet delicate balance must also be struck between the public, private, and not-for profit sectors in terms of the delivery of goods and services to citizens. Some governments take on more than they can accomplish while others fail to attempt to address fundamental issues of public good. When is it the government’s responsibility to intervene? How should they proceed?

Mel Cappe, in his workshop, will explore the rationales for government interventions, the criteria for instrument choice, as well as the limits of government intervention and issues best left to the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Mr. Cappe, with years of experience at the head of the public service, is uniquely positioned to provide this inside view on the role of government. He will explore the lessons learned as well as current issues of public policy such as Climate Change, Security, Fiscal Policy, Immigration, Death and Dying, and the Legalization of Marijuana.

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