Study Case 1: B.C. Fast Ferries
The Cabinet of British Columbia’s provincial government, in June 1994, announced approval of a ‘fast ferries’ project intended to improve the efficiency of the province’s ferry service and revitalize its shipbuilding industry. The BC Ferries Corporation (a Crown Corporation responsible for implementing public policy) was to be responsible for development and management of the project. The case involves issues about the roles of various players, risk management in a crown corporation, the role of a Crown Corporation board in a highly charged poltical atmosphere and the interaction between elected politicians, the civil service, Crown Corporation management and Boards.
This case study identifies the pitfalls and pratfalls of pursuing a public policy agenda without due regard for sound practices in governance, project design, management and risk management. It also highlights some of the dangers inherent in the operation of appointed boards and particularly reinforces the call for clarity of roles and responsibilities in and clear lines of accountability for such boards.
This case study, which includes Part A (6 pages), Part B (3 pages) and a Teaching Note (6 pages), is available to verified faculty members. For more information please email us at CAGov@business.queensu.ca