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Diversity and inclusion agenda: impact on the public service

By Andrew Griffith      

For the executive ranks, women are almost at parity (46.1 per cent), but visible minorities are under-represented (8.5 per cent) as are indigenous peoples (3.7 per cent). All figures are from the Treasury Board Secretariat report.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Andrew Griffith says, overall, the public service is reasonably diverse with respect to women, visible minorities, and indigenous people. For the executive ranks, women are almost at parity, but visible minorities are under-represented as are aboriginals.

OTTAWA—The Liberal government included in its mandate letters to all ministers a “commitment to transparent, merit-based appointments, to help ensure gender parity and that indigenous Canadians and minority groups are better reflected in positions of leadership.” While the focus is clearly with respect to political appointments, this commitment will likely extend to the senior ranks of the public service in a renewed emphasis on diversity. Deputy minister appointments are made by the prime minister upon the recommendation of

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