CCEPA Round Table on Trust in Political Leadership
(A Non-Partisan Forum)
Politics is a fundamental democratic process. It results in governments being elected with a mandate to govern and to shape our society. Politicians are the fundamental political actors and leaders in this system. They govern and they help set our directions.
As a society, we invest politicians with great responsibility and make them holders of a great public trust. Their importance is pervasive and undeniable.
Unfortunately, there appears to be a significant public concern about our political leadership:
- There is a widespread lack of trust in our political leadership:
- The nature of parliamentary debate has opposition parties continually attacking government members; and
- The media appear to focus on portraying politicians in a bad light.
Indeed, the issue is so pervasive that – at a time when we need the best people to run for public office – even the basic motivation of people who go into public life is questioned.
2 The Questions to be Explored:
The session will explore the issues of why trust in political leadership is so low:
- Why is our trust of political leaders so low?
- What are the major factors that caused this to happen?
- To what extent does the system create or influence the problem?
- Can we expect the situation to change?
3 The Panel:
- Arthur Donahoe, former Speaker of the House
- Raymond Larkin, senior partner, Pink Breen Larkin
- Peter Nicholson, Prime Minister’s Office
- Jane Purves, Premier’s Office
4 Location: Scotia Bank Lecture Theatre (SMU)
5 Timing: November 17, 2005 from 7-9 pm
6 Admission: Free