The recent retirement of seven federal deputy ministers (DMs) reminds us of the pivotal and crucial role that the deputy minister community plays in the success of governments—particularly a newly elected one. Looking beyond the retirement numbers reveals a concerted effort by the current Prime Minister to renew the DM community by making an unprecedented number of deputy minister-level appointments since his swearing in on November 4th. Up until now, he has appointed twenty new deputy ministers which represents a very significant shuffling of the 73 designated DMs who, in Ottawa, also include associate deputy ministers and senior central agency officers in the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
June 14, 2016
The Deputies in the Trudeau Regime
In fact, here has been very little attention paid, in recent years, to ways in which deputies lead and manage their departments aside from the changes in accountability regimes contained in the FAA.