POLS 2250 Lecture Notes - Speech From The Throne, Treasury Board, Treasury Board Secretariat

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Either created or increased in power under trudeau (1968) Advocate of rational management competing source of advice/information. Increased size and strength of agencies pmo and pco in particular continued under mulroney. Generally agreement that 4 organizations are central agencies . Headed by the clerk of the privy council. Provides expert, non-partisan policy advice and administrative support to the pm, cabinet and cabinet committees. Prepares agendas and organizes cabinet committee meetings; prepares informational material and analytical briefing notes to ministers; takes and circulated minutes of meetings; disseminates both cabinet and committee decisions. 3 key roles: prime minister s deputy minister, secretary to cabinet, head of the public service. Provides an array of strategic and management advice to the pm: advises and supports pm in certain key areas. Varies in size typically 100-120 people. Certain key positions chief of staff; senior policy advisor; research director; director of operations; director of communications. No statutory authority power derives from its closeness to the pm.

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