BREAKING – Kevin Lynch out as Clerk of the Privy Council

A source inside the government has just told me that Kevin Lynch is out as Clerk of the Privy Council and that Wayne Wouters is the new Clerk.  Wouters was recently the Secretary of the Treasury Board.  When I confirmed with a friend in the Prime Minister’s Office, he was surprised because they had only found out internally within the last five minutes.

UPDATE: It’s officially confirmed.  Here’s the release.

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF WAYNE WOUTERS AS CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL

Ottawa – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the appointment of Wayne Wouters as the new Clerk of the Privy Council, effective July 1, 2009.

Mr. Wouters joined the Canadian Public Service in 1982 and is presently Secretary of the Treasury Board. He has served with distinction in a broad range of Ministries including the Privy Council Office. Mr. Wouters was Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Chairperson, Canada Employment Insurance Commission and before that Deputy Minister, Human Resources Development Canada and Deputy Ministry of Labour. Other positions include Director General Department of Energy, Mines and Resources; General Director Department of Finance; and Deputy Minister Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“I am pleased that Mr. Wouters accepted this very challenging role,” said the Prime Minister. “I am confident that his knowledge and experience will provide the dedication and excellence of service that is a hallmark of the Public Service and the Office of the Clerk.

“I look forward to working with Wayne in his new role.”

What does the future hold for Lynch? Apparently he’s in the running to replace Michael Wilson as our ambassador to the United States. David Emerson is also said to be a contender for the job.

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  • BigNose

    Yeah, except Michael Wilson is the ambassador to the U.S.

  • BigNose

    Yeah, except Michael Wilson is the ambassador to the U.S.

  • Gabby in QC

    You're probably aware of this, Stephen, but here's the info just in case:
    http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2009/05/there

    That V-E-R-Y long link leads to an interesting (and short) blog post by Susan Delacourt, in which she shows the actual duration of Mr. Lynch's tenure as Clerk of the PCO and that of his predecessors.

    Why is that interesting information? Because in their usual gossipy way, the At Issue panel yesterday were intimating that there's trouble brewing among the PM's staff. Most of their time yesterday was spent on the Mulroney inquiry and on Mr. Lynch's departure.

    As usual, the PM's critics view changes in his staff as a sign of trouble, yet any changes in Liberal ranks are deemed as strengthening the office of the leader of the opposition. Sigh …

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    No matter who the person is in-charge, the most important thing is for that person to do his job religiously and he should always be looking after the welfare of his “constituents”.

  • Omanator

    I can only say that the retirement of David Emerson was a great loss for the country. Here was a man with great skills and knowledge. That fact that he switched parties was not done for personal gain. He was interested in the well fare of his country. That is nothing that can be said of Iggy.

  • Omanator

    I can only say that the retirement of David Emerson was a great loss for the country. Here was a man with great skills and knowledge. That fact that he switched parties was not done for personal gain. He was interested in the well fare of his country. That is nothing that can be said of Iggy.