Maximizing Government Efficiency: Minister Day Announces Elimination of
Federal Appointment Positions

OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced the reduction of 245 Governor in Council appointments across the Government of Canada.

"This Government is committed to ensuring that all federal organizations make the best possible use of the resources afforded them by Canadian taxpayers," said Minister Day. "The reduction of 245 positions from various federal organizations will not affect the delivery of government services in any way. Rather, it will better address the current workload of these organizations and streamline their efficiency in delivering service to Canadians."

In Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government committed to reducing the number of Governor in Council appointments as part of its plan to improve efficiency and governance across federal departments and agencies. A task force reviewed nearly 2,700 positions in over 200 federal organizations across 24 ministerial portfolios and recommended eliminating 245 positions.

A vast majority of these positions-close to 90 per cent, in fact-are currently vacant and have been for some time. In streamlining these organizations, the Government is ensuring its resources are put to the best possible use for Canadians.

"This is an important part of our commitment to overall restraint and prudent fiscal management. Wherever inefficiencies can be identified, we are acting to make sure Canadians have access to the best possible service from their federal government," said Minister Day.

Governor in Council appointees are individuals appointed by the Governor General, on the advice of the Cabinet, to fill positions on various federal boards of directors, agencies, commissions and tribunals.

Please refer to the attached backgrounder for the list of Governor in Council positions being eliminated.

    
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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                               March 8, 2010

                 Reduction of Governor in Council Positions

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                                                                     Current
                                                          number         GiC
    Department/                                           of GiC   positions
    Agency              Organization                   positions     reduced
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    Agriculture and     Canadian Grain Commission              9           6
     Agri-Food Canada   -----------------------------------------------------
                        National Farm Products Council         9           2
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    Canadian Heritage   Canadian Council on the Status
                         of the Artist                        12          12
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                        Canadian Radio-television and
                         Telecommunications Commission        19           6
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    Citizenship and     Canadian Race Relations Foundation
     Immigration Canada  and Investment Committee             24          11
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    Environment Canada  Historic Sites and Monuments
                         Board of Canada                      15           2
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                        National Round Table on the
                         Environment and the Economy          26           8
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    Department of       Canada Development Investment
     Finance Canada      Corporation                          20           9
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                        Canadian International Trade
                         Tribunal                              9           2
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    Fisheries and       Freshwater Fish Marketing
     Oceans Canada       Corporation - Advisory Committee     15          15
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    Foreign Affairs     Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada      7           2
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                        International Boundary Commission      1           1
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                        International Development Research
                         Centre                               21           3
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                        Roosevelt Campobello International
                         Park Commission                       3           1
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    Health Canada       Assisted Human Reproduction Agency
                         of Canada                            13           1
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                        Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse     7           1
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                        Canadian Institutes of Health
                         Research                             19           2
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    Human Resources     Canada Employment Insurance
     and Skills          Commission                            4           2
     Development Canada -----------------------------------------------------
                        Canada Mortgage and Housing
                         Corporation                          13           3
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                        Canada Pension Plan/Old Age
                         Security: Review Tribunals          400          40
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                        Canada Pension Plan: Pensions
                         Appeals Board                        12           2
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    Indian and          First Nations Financial
     Northern Affairs    Management Board                     12           2
     Canada             -----------------------------------------------------
                        First Nations Statistical Institute   15           2
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                        National Aboriginal Economic
                         Development Board                    20           7
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                        Northern Flood Agreement               1           1
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    Industry Canada     Business Development Bank of Canada   15           2
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                        Canada Foundation for Innovation       7           1
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                        Canadian Space Agency                  2           1
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                        Canadian Tourism Commission           25          14
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                        National Research Council of Canada   22           3
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                        Natural Sciences and Engineering
                         Research Council                     22           3
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                        Social Sciences and Humanities
                         Research Council                     22           3
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                        Space Advisory Board                  19          19
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                        Standards Council of Canada           13           2
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    International Trade Export Development Canada             15           2
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                        NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section    1           1
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    Labour              Canadian Centre for Occupational
                         Health and Safety                    41          18
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    National Defence    Military Police Complaints
                         Commission                            7           2
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    Natural Resources   Alberta - British Columbia Boundary
     Canada              Commission                            1           1
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                        Alberta - Northwest Territories
                         Boundary Commission                   1           1
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                        British Columbia - Yukon -
                         Northwest Territories Boundary
                         Commission                            1           1
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                        Cape Breton Development Corporation    7           7
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                        Energy Supplies Allocation Board       1           1
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                        Manitoba - Saskatchewan Boundary
                         Commission                            1           1
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                        Saskatchewan - Northwest Territories
                         Boundary Commission                   1           1
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    Transport,          Intercolonial and P.E.I. Railways
     Infrastructure      Employees Provident Fund              1           1
     and Communities    -----------------------------------------------------
                        Marine Atlantic Inc.                  15           5
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                        Parc Downsview Park Inc.              13           4
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                        Via Rail Canada Inc.                  17           4
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    Treasury Board      Canada School of Public Service       15           3
     of Canada          -----------------------------------------------------
     Secretariat        Public Sector Pension Investment
                         Board                                12           1
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SOURCE Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

For further information: For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of Communications, Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 952-5051; Pierre-Alain Bujold, Media Relations, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat, (613) 957-2640


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