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Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan

Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan

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The Dyble report into the BC Liberal government's Quick Wins scandal, in which government resources were used for party gain.
The Dyble report into the BC Liberal government's Quick Wins scandal, in which government resources were used for party gain.

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The BC Public Service Act is the legislation covering all employees

of the BC Public Service. The Act permits three distinct types of

appointments. These appointments distinguish between categories

of employees who are generally all known as “public servants”.

Section 8 of the Act refers to merit-based appointments, covering

the vast majority of the 28,000 employees of the BC Public Service.

Assistant Deputy Ministers, Associate Deputy Ministers and Deputy

Ministers are appointed under Section 12. These appointments are

distinct from Section 8 because the appointments are made by the

Lieutenant Governor in Council (LGIC).

Section 15 appointments are also made by the LGIC but this

Section sets as distinct, employees who are in a position to act in a

confdential capacity to the Executive Council (members of Cabinet),

or specifc employees who require special professional, technical

or administrative qualifcations. Staf that work in the Ofce of the

Premier, staf supporting Minister’s ofces (Ministerial Assistants

and Executive Assistants) and staf who work for Government

Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) are all Section 15

appointments.

In the public service vernacular, Section 15 staf working in the

Ofce of the Premier and those supporting a Minister’s ofce

are known as “political staf”; the majority (with the exception

of administrative staf) change with the government of the day.

These staf all report through to the Premier’s Chief of Staf.

(In British Columbia, “Chief of Staf” is a title reserved for the

Premier’s Ofce and is not used for staf in Ministers’ Ofces).

It is well understood across the Canadian public service context that these “political staf” are, by nature, political

operatives and provide political advice and support to elected ofcials. The following is an excerpt from the

Canadian Government’s guide for Ministers and Ministers of State:

The purpose of establishing a Minister’s or Minister of State’s ofce is to provide Ministers and Ministers of State
with advisors and assistants who are not departmental public servants, who share their political commitment,
and who can complement the professional, expert and non-partisan advice and support of the public service.
Consequently, they contribute a particular expertise or point of view that the public service cannot provide.

Excerpt from Standards of
Conduct, Political Activity:

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