TRUDEAU CLEANS THE PRIVY
He or she knows all the secrets of the secretive Privy Council that governs Canada.
Due to his or her position, the Clerk of the Privy Council occupies a very important position especially during the transition period when a new government takes over.
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For this reason, the Ottawa Citizen and other media outlets expressed surprise that Janice Charette (shown in photo on left), who was appointed to the position in 2014 by Stephen Harper, was suddenly replaced during the World Economic Forum being held in Switzerland while Trudeau was in attendance.
According to the Ottawa Citizen it was "an unusual move",
"her abrupt departure was unexpected" and "the sudden announcement of Charette’s departure and Wernick’s promotion caused much chatter in public service circles"
The replacement Clerk is Michael Wirnick (shown in photo on right) who will fill three roles: deputy minister to the prime minister, secretary to the cabinet and head of the federal public service.
Since joining the federal public service in 1981, Mr. Wernick has worked at the Social Policy Division of the Department of Finance, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada, the Economic and Regional Development Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, and the Constitutional Affairs Secretariat of the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. From 1996 to 2003 he served as Assistant Deputy Minister and then as Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Canadian Heritage.
From 2003 to 2006, Wirnick served three Prime Ministers, Chretien, Martin and Harper, as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet at the Privy Council Office and was probably present in Kelowna when Paul Martin ran out the back door of his cabinet meeting when he learned that Mr. Carten amd Ms. Gibbs were waiting for him at the front door.
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