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Feds’ ‘propaganda’ videos reflect ‘manic obsession with image management,’ undermine public service independence: experts

Public service experts and critics on the political right and left are calling for reforms to federal government communication and advertising policies.

Budget’s $900-million cut in sick leave doesn’t account for replacement plan

The feds calculated a $1.4-billion liability for future sick leave entitlements. But the government has not provided any details of its new plan, saying it can’t get into specifics while still negotiating with the unions.

Public service has a middle management problem, says Segal

The PM’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service’s annual report is calling for more effective implementation of government decisions, better use of middle managers, and stronger recruitment and leadership development.

Meet Joe Friday: investigator, art collector, Canada’s new integrity commissioner

Public service renewal up, Economic Action Plan down in PCO spending plans

The federal government is committing $3.4-million in each of the next three years to public service renewal as it follows through on its Destination 2020 plan.

MPs get first look at top mandarins as national security dominates House

Take a chance on me: new PCO hub to let bureaucrats take risks

Public service unions bracing for more restraint

DM shuffle likely to mean slow progress on DND procurement

Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service

Richard Fadden becomes PM's national security adviser, among other moves in bureaucratic shuffle

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.

Swelling of feds’ communications staff reflects growing ‘public relations state’: experts

PS thinking more about the digital revolution: Emerson

New top bureaucrat brings ‘level head’ to transition at Finance

Attacks on Elections Canada damaging to democratic institutions, says former AG Fraser

NDP claims PMO is behind personal attacks against Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand to ‘prop up angry Conservative base.’

Feds should start exchange program between senior public servants and senior private sector executives, says Gwyn Morgan

Treasury Board to start first round of collective bargaining next month

Treasury Board President Clement and PS labour unions acknowledge the negotiations are going to be ‘difficult.’

Conservatives’ spending $14.8-million annually to advertise Economic Action Plan ‘disgusting’: veterans

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.

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, May 30, 2015
As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to announce he's is leaving politics, here's a look back at his time on the Hill May 29, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay joined by Senator Bob Runciman, Tim Uppal, and Corneliu Chisu met with the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Canadian Urban Transit Association to mark the passing of Bill S-221, which amends the Criminal Code to address assaults against public transit operators.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

On May 12, the day UN rapporteur James Anaya released his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada, families of missing and murdered women demonstrated on the steps of Parliament Hill. Mr. MacKay and fellow Conservative MP Joy Smith happened to be on the steps at the same time, for a photo opportunity, where a life jacket-donning Mr. MacKay was confronted by the women asking for his help. He said he would be willing to sit down and talk about the issue of missing and murdered women. When the meeting in Mr. MacKay’s office was scheduled, it was arranged symbolically to be held on the six-year anniversary of Mr. Harper’s apology to First Nations for residential schools, said Mr. Fiddler.

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Mr. MacKay behind the bench at a 2013 Conservative Party hockey game.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay with his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam and their son Kian.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with Laureen Harper at the 2013 Sandbox Canada event on Sparks Street.

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Mr. MacKay, getting meta with his BlackBerry, alongside fellow caucus colleagues in 2013. From left: Bernard Valcourt, Shelly Glover, Peter Van Loan, Leona Aglukkaq, and Diane Finley.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In committee with junior defence minister Julian Fantino, on March 13, 2012. During the meeting the pair said the government would commit to procuring the F-35 joint single strike fighter jets.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert M. Gates and Peter MacKay during his tenure as Defence minister.

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Peter MacKay and Tim Powers. Mr. MacKay broke his arm while being tackled in a rugby game on the Hill on May 27, 2009. He was playing for the Canadian Forces team, against the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, which Mr. Powers is a part of. Apparently Mr. MacKay barely flinched when the medics pushed his elbow back in place, and was doing interviews five minutes later.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with the Brazilian foreign minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim in a 2007 joint press conference following their bilateral meeting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay signing... as he was sworn in with the rest of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet Feb. 6, 2006.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

July 20, 2006 Mr. MacKay speaks to press after a technical briefing in Ottawa over concerns about the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon.

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Mr. MacKay tossing around a football on the Hill with Mr. Harper in 2005. Other photos from this afternoon on the lawn were cause for some contention for Mr. Harper at the time.

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Peter MacKay, Jack Layton, and Anne McLellan in 2004, seen here debating the Throne Speech with CBC's Don Newman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-leader of the Progressive Conservatives Peter MacKay, and Stephen Harper, then-leader of the Canadian Alliance announced on Oct. 16, 2003 that they agreed to join their two parties. 'Our swords will henceforth be pointed at the Liberals, not at each other,' Mr. Harper said at the time.