August 24, 2006
For immediate release
National Group Meets in Province
The theme of this year’s conference is “In Search of Democracy.” Delegates will discuss the key role the public service plays in sustaining democratic values in society. There will be a keynote presentation on Monday morning by Honourable Robert Nicholson, the Minister for Democratic Reform in the federal Conservative government.
There will also be presentations throughout the conference by Jean Pierre Kingsley, Canada’s chief electoral officer, Anne McLellan, former Deputy Prime Minister and John Ibbitson, a national newspaper columnist. Sessions on the program will deal with clashing cultures between politicians and public servants, the involvement of citizens, especially women and youth, and challenges to democracy as experienced in Canada and other nations.
The conference will also include sessions for new professionals, social activities and an awards ceremony. Premier Pat Binns will officially welcome the delegates during the opening ceremonies on Monday.
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada was founded in 1947. Its members include public servants, academics and others interested in public administration.
The conference program is available at www.ipac.ca/2006.