Skip to content

From the archives

The Other Side of “Irish Eyes”

Brian Mulroney abroad and at home

The Ramble

Memories from the PMO

Vintage Years

Two political memoirs

Drew Fagan

Drew Fagan is a former Ontario deputy minister and policy-maker with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Global Affairs Canada). He is now a professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a Public Policy Forum fellow.

Articles by
Drew Fagan

Say It Loud

Why the public service must speak up March 2019
It’s not an easy time for civil servants. The public views them as slow moving and entitled, a breed apart. The private sector views them as second-­raters who wouldn’t or couldn’t cut it in a hard-­charging world. Elected politicians often view them, in an age of populism and 24/7 media scrutiny, as roadblocks to getting things…

A Mighty Project Reinterpreted

Intriguing reasons why the Seaway is not all it was cracked up to be December 2014
It was, in its day, the largest construction project in the world, requiring removal of more earth and rock than the Suez Canal. An area the size of Manhattan was flooded, forcing the relocation in the name of progress of thousands of residents. The most modern construction techniques were employed, including new organizational systems and the first computer in…