John Hannaford
This week on WONK the Clerk of the Privy Council discusses values and ethics, the rapid growth of the public service and the importance of 'fearless advice'

This week on WONK, host Edward Greenspon talks to John Hannaford.

Hannaford is the Clerk of the Privy Council, the most senior job in the public service. It is really three jobs rolled into one: deputy minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the cabinet and head of the public service. The Privy Council that the clerk leads is the central nervous system of Canada’s governing setup. In this episode, Hannaford talks to host Edward Greenspon about the historic challenges facing the public service, the renewed focus on value and ethics and the importance of fearless advice. 


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