With the announcement that Janice Charente is being replaced by Michael Wernick as Clerk of the Privy Council, I thought it might be interesting to see what the baseline is before further appointments and changes take place this year.

My calculation of the baseline numbers is based upon the 22 deputies for departments (per GEDS), eight deputies at PCO, and the heads of CBSA, CRS, CSE, CSIS, PSC, RCMP, SSC, StatsCan and TBS (39 deputies or equivalents). Overall results are 14 women, 25 men, and one visible minority:

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Will update this at the end of the year to see if any significant changes given the government’s focus on diversity and inclusion (and of course if I have missed anyone or mischaracterized anyone, happy to revise).

Andrew Griffith
Andrew Griffith is a media commentator and blogger. He is the former director general for Citizenship and Multiculturalism at at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, has worked for government departments in Canada and abroad and is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Environics Institute.

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