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Transition teams must be prepared for ‘unpredictable outcomes’ in minority situation, say former senior bureaucrats

By Mike Lapointe      

The 'essence of clerkness' is continuity of government, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe, who says he's 'strongly advised' current PCO clerk Ian Shugart to reach out to Andrew Scheer's team.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, right, pictured as they arrived to the official leaders' debate in Ottawa on Oct. 9, 2019. Former transition staffers say each party should have people reaching out to each other now in case they have to work in tandem during the next Parliament. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Former senior bureaucrats say they hope Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s transition team is “already plugged into the Privy Council Office,” and that both the Liberal and Conservative transition teams should be “prepared for unpredictable outcomes” at this point in the campaign.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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