The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 7(3), 1999, article 11.


A comment on Clive Doucet's case study, (PDF)

The Participative Budget in Porto Alegre:

Insights from a Study Visit of a Canadian Councillor

April 13, 2004:

I quite agree with the observations made in Councillor Doucet's note - to a point. He is quite right that the budget process often looks like an expenditure management exercise that is handled, for the most part, behind closed doors. But it is, and is has not always been that way in every Canadian municipality.

As a former municipal chief administrative officer, I took great pains - working in partnership with my councils - to develop effective public participation in a transparent exercise that focused on activity, programs and services. And when we had determined - collectively - what we all wanted, then the conclusion was inevitable: people had to pay for what they wanted. That is the way the exercise should work.

My views on these matters was published in a series of articles carried in Alberta's Municipal Counsellor in 1980, Civic - Public Works in 1978, and Urban Focus at Queen's University in 1981.


About the Author:

David G. Jones, Directeur, Gestion du savoir / Director, Knowledge Management, Strategic Policy and Planning Branch / Sous-direction de la planification et des, politiques stratégiques, RCMP-GRC (613) 993-0789


Published March 15 2004

Revised November 2009

Last updated: March 19 2014