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Senior Public Servants

Highly ranked officials, including deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers, who advise ministers and oversee the administration of departments.

(Stein, Michael. Class Lecture. PPG 1000 Governance and Institutions University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. 2007.)

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The relationship between senior public servants and elected members of the government is evolving and is well summarized in the December 2008 article by David Zussman in the Document Library.


Senior officials are expected to advise ministers on administrative matters, instruments of government in their policy fields, departmental and governmental organization capabilities, the economic situation, and the social and economic consequences of alternative government actions. They are expected to provide advice that is politically sensitive but non partisan.
     
Senior Public Servants

Highly ranked officials, including deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers, who advise ministers and oversee the administration of departments.

(Stein, Michael. Class Lecture. PPG 1000 Governance and Institutions University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. 2007.)

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The relationship between senior public servants and elected members of the government is evolving and is well summarized in the December 2008 article by David Zussman in the Document Library.


Senior officials are expected to advise ministers on administrative matters, instruments of government in their policy fields, departmental and governmental organization capabilities, the economic situation, and the social and economic consequences of alternative government actions. They are expected to provide advice that is politically sensitive but non partisan.

Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on December 6, 2010


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