Civil service juggling act

HRSD's new deputy minister tasked with crafting social policy
||Last Updated: 09/25/2006

As part of his shake-up of the senior civil service, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed a new deputy minister of human resources and social development.

Janice Charette, who worked for Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Charest, took on the post in July. She also served in the civil service under Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.

As deputy minister, Charette is the senior civil servant in her department. She is responsible for running the department's staff, operations, services and policy development as well as answering to Minister Diane Finley.