This is what we have heard in response to our online consultation question 7: "Do you have suggestions on how the Government of Canada could improve how it consults with Canadians?"
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The Open Government Online Consultation, if acted on, would be a great start towards improving relations with citizens.- Gordon McCague
Ensure as many Canadians as possible are aware of the consultation far enough in advance. Spend some funds on promotion/advertising. If there is little or no money for advertising, then assign a team to do some pro-active public and media relations to get the word out to the key stakeholders for the consultation.- AnaA
Personally, I feel that the GOC is not sufficiently open in communicating with the public. Many Canadians get most of their information about govt activities via the news media. The media plays an important role in disseminating, filtering and analysing govt information. The GOC should communicate more openly with the media.- M.S. North
J'ai eu l'occasion d'entendre parler de cette consultation publique grâce à Facebook via un ami.... J'aurais probablement aimé entendre parler de cette consultation publique en lisant le journal en ligne ou encore en écoutant des nouvelles à Radio Canada. On médiatise souvent les histoires sensationnelles, il vaudrait mieux que le gouvernement prenne le temps d'informer sa population de ses initiatives et consultations via les médias, et de manière plus visible.- Helene B.
This consultation could have been publicized more broadly within the government information community. It would have been beneficial to have advertised it on the various government information listservs used by librarians and those interested in public policy.
Where was this consultation advertised?- Mary Luebbe , Susan Paterson