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1999 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

1999 Report—Chapter 2

Exhibit 2.13—What Do Departments and Participants Think Should Be Done Differently Next Time?



Departments should:

  • Give more time to participants
  • Co-ordinate with other departments
  • Consult more widely
  • Simplify language, translate sustainable development into something that means something to people
  • Start the process earlier
  • Provide more feedback
  • Get support from senior management sooner
  • Departments should:

  • Give more feedback
  • Provide more information on sustainable development and the consultation process prior to consultation
  • Consult earlier in the process
  • Give more time
  • Co-ordinate with each other
  • Involve a broader constituency
  • Be more open on what can and cannot be done
  • Ensure greater participation by key senior decision makers in the departments
  • Provide information on what has been achieved with the first strategies
  • Listed in order of importance.

    Source: Interviews and surveys of departments and participants, Office of the Auditor General of Canada