Richard Fadden becomes PM's national security adviser, among other moves in bureaucratic shuffle
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.
NDP claims PMO is behind personal attacks against Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand to ‘prop up angry Conservative base.’
Treasury Board President Clement and PS labour unions acknowledge the negotiations are going to be ‘difficult.’
Pollster Nik Nanos says the closure of nine vets’ service offices could be problematic for the Conservatives because it impacts veterans and seniors who tend to vote regularly in elections.
But Michael Blais says Bill C-11 is ‘more like a headline without substance’ and unlikely to yield favourable results.
Former PBO Kevin Page says it’s time Parliamentarians allowed AG Michael Ferguson to conduct regular audits of their expenses.
Two Conservative mayors, Thunder Bay and the Regional Municipality of Cape Breton, also oppose the closing of VA offices in their regions.
Treasury Board President Tony Clement says the Conservative Party policy convention resolutions related to the federal public service are not government policies but he will use them as guidelines in his conduct of government business with public service unions.
But former Chrétien-era PCO clerk Mel Cappe says the relationship between the Harper government and senior bureaucrats is not ‘robust’ and needs to be improved quickly.