Public servants need to stand up to government: Page

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By Rebecca Lindell, Global News, 25 April 2013

Kevin Page made a name for himself by holding politicians to account, but now he’s calling out fellow public servants, urging them to stand up for transparency, scrutiny and good research.

The former Parliamentary Budget Officer slammed the country’s top bureaucrats for weak leadership that has allowed paralyzing fear to spread throughout the public service and may leave Canada with irreversible scars.

With nearly three decades of public service under his belt, Page said he has never seen people so afraid – a fear that stops them from doing research that may contradict the current government’s ideology. (...)

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