Manitoba Chapter

What Does Arm’s Length Really Mean?

2019-05-15 12:00:00 PM | Winnipeg
You’ve settled in as a new Director of a Crown board, agency or commission—arm’s length from the Government—and you find yourself wondering: what does arm’s length really mean? Is there one clear answer to that question and does it evolve over time?  Does it change depending on the Minister or the governing party? Every board works for some stakeholder – who is your owner? Is it a moral authority or a vague body like “the Legislature”? Or is it a specific person such as the Premier or maybe “the public”? Why is it so difficult to get clarity and harmony in the working relationship with a government department?

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