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We need to protect Canada’s public service: Editorial

When Canada’s government works, the federal public service plays an integral role. The bureaucracy exists to provide fearless advice and information to elected officials, and to loyally implement whatever lawful policies and programs those politicians decide upon. But what are the scientists, social-policy wonks, economists and others that make up Canada’s nearly 300,000 public servants to do when the government they serve isn’t interested in, and may even be hostile to, their advice?