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New PCO Clerk Charette takes on ‘battered’ PS, reform issues in federal election year

With a background on both sides of the often thorny relationship between bureaucrats and political staff, new Privy Council Clerk Janice Charette 'is particularly suited to manage that tension,' an eminent public administration expert says, as she takes on a federal public service reeling from cuts, low morale, a battered public perception and a lack of trust with elected officials.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright and courtesy of the PCO
New PCO Clerk Janice Charette, left, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. For the first time in more than five years, the federal public service has a new chief starting Oct. 6, with the retirement of the long-serving Wayne Wouters, who was appointed in July 2009. Ms. Charette, the PCO’s deputy clerk since January 2013, has moved into the job. Michael Wernick, who ended eight years as deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs in July, takes over as deputy clerk.

 

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New PCO Clerk Charette takes on ‘battered’ PS, reform issues in federal election year

With a background on both sides of the often thorny relationship between bureaucrats and political staff, new Privy Council Clerk Janice Charette 'is particularly suited to manage that tension,' an eminent public administration expert says, as she takes on a federal public service reeling from cuts, low morale, a battered public perception and a lack of trust with elected officials.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright and courtesy of the PCO
New PCO Clerk Janice Charette, left, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. For the first time in more than five years, the federal public service has a new chief starting Oct. 6, with the retirement of the long-serving Wayne Wouters, who was appointed in July 2009. Ms. Charette, the PCO’s deputy clerk since January 2013, has moved into the job. Michael Wernick, who ended eight years as deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs in July, takes over as deputy clerk.

 

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE