From 10 departments to 24 departments that consume 40.5% of the GDP - have we made progress? It depends if you think you are getting value for your tax money.
Departments - By Executive Decree - Library and Archives Canada: "From 1867 to 1873, the Canadian government operated with less than ten ministries, together with a few portfolios such as postmaster general, superintendent-general of Indian Affairs and secretary of state for the provinces. In 2005, the Government of Canada administers about two dozen departments and related organizations. Contemporary departments include such high-profile units as National Defence and the Department of Finance, as well as specialized units such as Social Development Canada and Industry Canada."