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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