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PM’s recent changes to top ranks of public service seen as renewal, wants ‘responsive, adaptive’ senior players

By Derek Abma      

Queen’s University’s Kathy Brock says the government is ‘sending a signal out to people that they want a leadership that can move with these changes’ and that some longtime public servants ‘don't necessarily want to learn a whole new way of doing things.’

Some of the senior public servants to retire in recent month include, clockwise from the top left, Andrew Treusch, Ward Elcock, Matthew King, and Daphne Meredith. Queen's University's Kathy Brock said the new Liberal government wants a much more responsive, adaptive public service 'and they’re sending a signal out to people that they want a leadership that can move with these changes.' The Hill Times photographs by Steve Gerecke, Cynthia Münster, and Jake Wright

Upper-level adjustments to the federal public service keep coming under the Trudeau government, and experts say these changes have more to do with efforts to renew the public service—a process started under the former Conservative government—than being any sort of branding effort by the new Liberal government. Since taking office on Nov. 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, Que.) office has issued 11 announcements about changes to the public service, indicating new people in 31 different positions and

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