Defending a Contested Ideal: Merit and the Public Service by LUC JUILLET

By LUC JUILLET

In 1908, after a long time of being affected by a public management undermined by way of systemic patronage, the Canadian parliament made up our minds that public servants will be chosen at the foundation of advantage, via a process administered via an self sustaining service provider: the general public carrier fee of Canada. This heritage, celebrating the a centesimal anniversary of the fee, recounts its distinct contribution to the advance of an self sufficient public carrier, which has turn into a pillar of Canadian parliamentary democracy.

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S. Franks and J. E. Hodgetts (2001), Parliament and Human Resources Management: The Role of the Public Service Commission as an Agent of Parliament, Ottawa, Canadian Centre for Management Development, December 14, unpublished manuscript, 8. 1 THE ORIGINS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION: 1867-1918 It would have been much wiser to have framed the measure so as to give the members of the Civil Service Commission absolutely independent status similar to that enjoyed by the Auditor General. Robert Borden, Debates, June 29, 1908 I would also point out that these commissioners are to be appointed as though they were judges.

Ibid, xxi. Ibid, xxviii. Cindy Sondik-Aron (1987), Ladies and Gentlemen of the Civil Service: Middle Class Workers in Victorian America, New York, Oxford University Press, 115. John S. Willison (1907-1908), "Civil Service Reform in Canada," in J. C. ), Empire Club Speeches, 128.

Dawson, The Civil Service of Canada, 61. Sessional Papers (1892), No. 16c, 22 Ibid, 23. Ibid, 46. Ibid, 59. 44 Ibid, xx. 45 Ibid, xx. Ibid, 627. Ibid, 630. Ibid, xxi. Ibid, xxviii. Cindy Sondik-Aron (1987), Ladies and Gentlemen of the Civil Service: Middle Class Workers in Victorian America, New York, Oxford University Press, 115. John S. Willison (1907-1908), "Civil Service Reform in Canada," in J. C. ), Empire Club Speeches, 128.

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