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Toward a culture of public accountability in Quebec

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People everywhere are fed up with the lack of accountability in government. It seems no one is ever held responsible for anything. Not least in Quebec, where the beloved no-fault mentality rules. When things go wrong, civil service managers like to say that finding culprits is not important, what’s key is to understand what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

As if there were no link between a poor decision and the person or people responsible for it.

I’m not saying a witch hunt should be launched every time someone errs on the job, but when people die or are injured, when essential services are not available in times of crisis — for example, people stuck in their cars overnight in a storm on Highway 13 — government employees and private contractors should be called to account.

The March 2017 incident on Highway 13 marked the first time in a long while that senior civil servants suffered consequences for........

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