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.”
The Government of Canada is taking action on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation issues. Today, the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, M.P. Randy Boissonnault, issued the following statement.
I am pleased to announce that my Twenty-Fourth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada has been tabled in Parliament, and is now available online at www.canada.ca/clerk-report.
Let me start with congratulating the new ADMs or ADM-equivalents in the room. I signed 68 certificates and letters the other day. It’s an impressive number, almost a quarter of the community, and it is a remarkable personal achievement for each and every one of you. Please join me in congratulating them.
Since becoming Clerk and building on the work on my predecessors, I have made improving mental health and workplace wellness across the Public Service a priority and I believe we are making real progress. Some of the ways we are doing this is through the creation of the Federal Public Service Workplace Mental Health Strategy and the development of the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace.
As a country and as a public service, we are on a journey where diversity is not enough. In fact, diversity is a foundation where it is important to be representative and inclusive. Diversity without inclusion isn’t going to get us where we want to be as a country. The really important part is the inclusion, which means everybody feels they are heard, their ideas and worth are valued and they are part of conversations shaping policy, services, workplace, well-being, etc.
The Public Service of Canada will be celebrating, as will the country, 150 years together of serving Canadians and their governments. It is a proud tradition and we have built generation on generation, adapting to the circumstances of our country, of the world, of the governments we serve, and the expectations of Canadians. That journey is not over and will continue into the future. Ongoing renewal of how we go about our business is something that affects all of us as public servants, and it certainly affects the policy role within the public service.
Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Karina Gould, accompanied by her Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, will make a statement in the Foyer of the House of Commons.
Today, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Karina Gould, issued the following statement after the publication of the final report reflecting Canadians' participation in MyDemocracy.ca.