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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, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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