The head of the public service is juggling resources to support last year’s budget commitments.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, flanked by, from left, PCO appointments and special events coordinator Ima Armani, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, and Governor General David Johnston during a January cabinet shuffle ceremony. The 2016 federal budget put a lot more on the PCO's to-do list. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
New priorities created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers have put the public service’s hub of support for the cabinet under growing strain, according to its annual report.
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Apologizing for 'tensions' that became public over the last months, Julie Payette said that 'we all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another’s perceptions.'
He faced potential expulsion last year during the leadership race over comments he made that appeared to question whether chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who is of Asian descent, was a pawn of China.
'I hope that intelligence and security officials in Canada learned after what they saw in the U.S. and can make sure something like that does not happen here,' says Ottawa-turned-Washington correspondent Richard Madan.