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John Hannaford named new clerk of the Privy Council, as Janice Charette retires

Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif, right, and Canada's Deputy Minister of Natural Resources John Hannaford pose for photographers upon arrival for the G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Hannaford as the new clerk of the Privy Council. He will replace Janice Charette, who is retire from the role on June 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Firdia Lisnawati, Pool

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a new head of the federal public service.

John Hannaford, who is currently the deputy minister of natural resources, will become clerk of the Privy Council next month.

Janice Charette, the current clerk, is set to retire June 24 after nearly 40 years in the public service, including as Canada's envoy to Britain.

Hannaford was also a deputy minister of international trade and a foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, and served as Canada's ambassador to Norway from 2009 to 2012. 

Trudeau says in a statement that Hannaford brings a wealth of experience and a strong reputation to the role. 

The clerk of the Privy Council Office is tasked with advising the prime minister and cabinet on managing the country from a non-partisan perspective.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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