A Message from the DM about the Clerk of the Privy Council’s 27th Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada

August 13, 2020 - Defence Stories

message from the deputy minister

Dear colleagues and friends,

I encourage you all to read the following message from Ian Shugart, Clerk of the Privy Council.  In it, he invites you all to read this year’s Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada, and while I hesitate to steal the Clerk’s thunder, his words reflect what I already knew. Your hard work, dedication, and professionalism this past year, especially in the face of so many challenges and unprecedented times affecting the department, is incredible, and something that bears repeating.

I could not be more proud of the way you have all adapted over the past year, and how all Defence Team members, civilian and military, have worked together to navigate these uncharted waters, and achieve outstanding results for our military and for all Canadians. 

As we move forward, we will need to continue to support each other and keep up the outstanding work for the uncertain times that lay ahead of us. There will be some bumps along the road as we navigate the return to the workplace across Canada and around the world. Business resumption is not a fast or a straightforward process, but I am confident that we can continue to evolve as an organization, and work together to continue to overcome any challenges to come.

Jody Thomas
Deputy Minister of National Defence

Message from the Clerk on the 27th Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the Twenty-Seventh Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada.

This year’s report is in the form of a letter to the Prime Minister. It highlights your incredible, tireless work to provide critical services to ensure the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians. It reminds us of the challenges we have faced this past year alone. It also provides some thoughts on the progress we have made, as the Public Service, to embrace risk, become more agile, and explore new ways of working. All of these qualities have played a key role in our ability to quickly adapt and continue to serve Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am extremely proud of the work you have done, especially under the unique challenges we are all facing in these uncertain times. Your commitment to being in this together and serving Canadians is a tremendous advantage that will continue to benefit the country in the future.

I thank you all for your dedicated and continued work.


Ian Shugart
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

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