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.
Chris Turner says Canadians are being deprived of vital information.
But Donald Savoie disputes David Mitchell’s opinion that the newer generation of deputy ministers lack sufficient policy development expertise.
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.
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.
Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.
RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated.
Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.