Justin Trudeau’s decision to name former senior bureaucrat Peter Harder to help manage his transition into government sends a signal to Canada’s demoralized public service that they will be listened to under the Liberals, say former bureaucrats.
Harder brings nearly 30 years of public service experience to the transition team that is overseeing the changing of the guard from a Conservative to a Liberal government. He headed some of the departments that will be big challenges for the incoming Liberals, and also worked on the other side of the divide as a political staffer for a Mulroney-government cabinet minister.
Trudeau will officially become prime minister Nov. 4 and will unveil his cabinet then. It is unknown when he will bring back Parliament.
Appointed a Trudeau Foundation Mentor, 2009-2010