Feds promote DMs who can stickhandle tough provincial, U.S. relations
By Emily HawsJan. 9, 2019
The new deputy head of the public service, Catherine Blewett, brings fed-prov muscle to her start this week as deputy PCO clerk and associate secretary to cabinet.
Top bureaucrats starting new jobs are, from left: deputy Privy Council clerk Catherine Blewett, foreign and defence policy adviser to the prime minister David Morrison, Shared Services Canada president Paul Glover, deputy minister of fisheries and oceans Tim Sargent, and deputy minister for international trade John Hannaford. Photographs courtesy of the Government of Canada, The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
The prime minister has promoted top bureaucrats, including a new deputy head of the public service, with experience handling sticky issues at the top of its agenda, including provincial and U.S. relations, as it gears up for October’s election.
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