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OTTAWA, Ont. – December 22, 2011 – Maria Barrados, President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) issued the following statement on the tabling, by the President of the Treasury Board, of the Report of the Review of the Public Service Modernization Act, 2003 (PSMA).

The PSC supports the key conclusions in the report and was pleased to contribute to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) component of the legislative review process through its Special Report to Parliament (March 2011).

The PSC is examining ways it can implement recommendations made by the review and in its Special Report.

As suggested in the PSMA report, the PSC is exploring non-statutory solutions to some of the issues raised in its Special Report. However, the Commission continues to believe that certain issues can only be addressed through statutory change that could be made when Parliament decides to open the Act.

The PSC looks forward to discussions with Parliament as it considers the PSMA report and to implementing the recommendations that receive Parliamentary support. It also looks forward to working with its human resources partners on more fully realizing the potential of the PSEA.

The PSC is an independent agency reporting to Parliament. Its mandate is to safeguard the integrity of the public service staffing system and the non-partisanship of the public service. In addition, the PSC recruits qualified Canadians from across the country.

Details on the PSC’s Special Report to Parliament can be found at:

PSC Special Report to Parliament: Merit and Non-Partisanship under the Public Service Employment Act (2003)


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