No ‘strong commitment’ to improve public service culture, Tory MP says, after government response to committee report
By Emily HawsMar. 13, 2019
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but NDP and Liberal MPs say they're generally impressed by the government's response.
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie, pictured at a Feb. 28 Phoenix pay system rally in Ottawa, says the government's comparison of deputy minister tenure in Canada and Britain isn't the most compelling argument, as it doesn't address accountability concerns MPs raised.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The government has dismissed a House committee’s concerns that turnover at the deputy minister level is too high in some departments, pointing instead to higher churn of top public servants overseas.
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