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Defending a Contested Ideal

Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908–2008

Luc Juillet

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Imprint: University of Ottawa Press
Published: 09/2008
Pages: 264
Subject: History, Political Science | University of Ottawa
Print ISBN: 9780776606842
eBook ISBN: 9780776618258


In 1908, after decades of struggling with a public administration undermined by systemic patronage, the Canadian parliament decided that public servants would be selected on the basis of merit, through a system administered by an independent agency: the Public Service Commission of Canada. This history, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Commission, recounts its unique contribution to the development of an independent public service, which has become a pillar of Canadian parliamentary democracy.