Six is right out?

Last week, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond - while commenting on the ministry of children and family development's most recent service plan - expressed concern "that the government has said every ministry is only alloweed six" performance measures. Asked for comment, public affairs bureau executive director Ron Norman agreed the number of measures has been reduced across government - although "there is no defined number of six." And the reason for that reduction? According to Mr. Norman, the changes were made in "consultation" and with the "support" of the British Columbia's auditor general "to better reflect the reporting principles agreed in 2003." That's a reference to then auditor general Wayne Strelioff recommendation that "good public performance reporting should focus on the few, critical aspects of performance."

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