The Clerk of the Privy Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Canada, and provides professional, non-partisan support to the Prime Minister on all policy and operational issues that may affect the government.|
ResponsibilitiesThe Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet also has particular responsibilities with respect to:
RolesDeputy Minister to the Prime Minister
As the Prime Ministerís Deputy Minister, the Clerk of the Privy Council provides advice and support to the Prime Minister in his or her role as head of government. This includes advice on appointing senior office holders in the public service and organizing the government, on the Cabinet decision-making system, overall policy directions, intergovernmental relations, and the management of specific issues.
Secretary to the Cabinet
As Secretary to the Cabinet, he or she assists the Prime Minister in maintaining the cohesion of the Ministry and giving direction to it. In this role, the Clerk of the Privy Council provides support and advice to the Ministry as a whole to ensure that the Cabinet decision-making system operates according to the Prime Ministerís design.
Head of the Public Service
As Head of the Public Service, he or she serves as the principal link between the Prime Minister and the Public Service of Canada, and is responsible for the quality of expert, professional and non-partisan advice and service provided by the public service to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and to all Canadians.
He has held several senior leadership roles, including:
In 2012, Mr. Wernick received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.