Next week, I mark 36 years in the Public Service. From Trudeau to Trudeau in 36 years.
My wife considers me a failed retiree. I tried to leave in 2014, and Janice Charette asked me to stay and do another job, and I tried to leave in 2016, and the Prime Minister asked me to stay and do another job. I will get it right one of these days!
You are part of the solution if we are going to recapitalize and modernize our IM/IT platform and provide cybersecurity. You are going to have to work with your partner departments, in different ways, depending on their needs.
Let me start with a few words of thanks. I would like to thank Rabbi Bulka for the very inspiring presentation. It is very relevant to what you are doing. Kindness is a good way of presenting it. I want to credit the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service (APEX), who started work on civility and respect several years ago and have opened that dialogue.
This is the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Obviously there were people here before 1867, but the Canadian state is 150 years old. It also means 150 years of the Public Service. We were there on the first day. It has been an arrangement that has served Canadians very well for 150 years.
The results for the first Public Service Employee Annual Survey were released today. We want to thank all of you who took the time to participate. Your feedback helps us better understand what we are doing right and identify areas where we need to improve.
The pace at which technology is affecting what we do as human beings, how we work, how we learn, how we create wealth and opportunity, the kind of jobs that we have, the kind of roles that we play, is clearly fast and arguably accelerating.
This is, I understand, the largest Manion Lecture in its distinguished history. There are something like 900 of you here tonight and many more hundreds online, and there will be an audience that lives on in the program being recorded and recaptured. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the School and I want to congratulate and thank them in advance.
Good evening everyone. I would like to start by congratulating all the candidates and recipients we will be celebrating soon, and to make just a few opening remarks. I have three titles and wear three hats that are often sort of shortened to “Clerk.”