This is a moment of real accomplishment and it is important that we take time to celebrate. There are about 260,000 men and women who work in the Public Service of Canada right now. You add that up over the years, it is many Canadians and they do a great job but it is a very small percentage of those that get to executive positions. These are positions of leadership, of impact and of influence. It is a tremendous personal and professional accomplishment and I would encourage you to savour it and to share it with your family, friends and neighbours. I hope you will enjoy this evening and the fact that you have joined the leadership of the Public Service of Canada.
The first thing I would like to do is reinforce this important message: “do not be a passenger”. Take charge of this experience, and “lean into it”, as the Prime Minister often says. Take charge of your own learning and development, and use this forum for networking. I know that the people that have gone through Executive Leadership Programs in the past have formed strong professional and personal bonds, and it is an opportunity to get to know some remarkable public servants and Canadians. Take full advantage of this opportunity.
I have done a number of events this year, and one of the common themes has been Canada 150. It is this moment in the calendar, which gives us an opportunity to look back on where we have come from, to take a look at where we are, and think about where we want to go as a country. I had the great honour of accompanying the Prime Minister and others to Vimy for the centennial of that event, which was so formative in Canada’s history and identity. It is occasions such as these which encourage us to reflect and to think about where we are.
So the obvious question is, what does a 60-year-old have to say to a bunch of young entrepreneurs – what does somebody from the public service have to say to a bunch of start-up entrepreneurs? It’s a good question.
The Government of Canada is taking action to apologize for the injustices experienced by LGBTQ2 individuals, their families, partners, and communities as a result of federal legislation, policies, and programs.
The Government of Canada has committed to an apology for injustices experienced by LGBTQ2 individuals, their families, partners and communities as a result of federal legislation, policies and programs.
Federal and British Columbia ministers will meet at the Office of the Premier of British Columbia to discuss joint efforts to respond, recover and rebuild from the devastating wildfires still affecting the province.
On Thursday August 17, 2017, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, delivered remarks at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
On Thursday August 15, 2017, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, delivered remarks at National Conference on LGBTTIQA2S Human Rights.