In sea of consulting contract problems, the Conservatives only dream of their whale
The Conservatives had so much there in front of them. All the opposition did. They were reviewing the growing mountain of government contracts issued to consultants, including $116-million and counting to the high-priced freelance business gurus of McKinsey & Co.
But what the MPs really wanted, especially the Conservative MPs, was to centre it on Dominic Barton, the silver-haired former global managing director of the McKinsey’s gargantuan consulting business, a Canadian who was recruited by the Liberals as a dollar-a-day adviser on economic growth, and later ambassador to China.
The growth of outsourcing, now $15-billion a year, is itself a measure of bloat. There are embarrassments like ArriveCan. Carleton University professor Amanda Clarke testified this week that the consulting and outsourcing explosion is a sign of deep problems in the public service, but McKinsey is just a small part. Broad government dysfunction should be worth a look.
Monday, February 6, 2023 | Categories: Amanda Clarke, Articles
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