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Premier Names New Secretary Of The Cabinet

Shelly Jamieson To Assume Top Post In Public Service

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has named Shelly Jamieson as the next Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council.

Jamieson is slated to become the most senior public servant in Ontario when the appointment takes effect January 7.

"Shelly Jamieson brings to this enormously important position a wealth of experience and a passion for public service that I know will serve Ontarians well and help our government move our province forward," Premier McGuinty said.

"I often say that we are fortunate to have, in the men and women of Ontario's public service, a public service organization that is truly second to none. That belief was certainly reinforced for me by the excellence of the candidates for this position, all of them deputy ministers, and all of them dedicated to building a stronger Ontario. I want to thank them all and welcome Ms. Jamieson to her new responsibilities."

Jamieson, Deputy Minister of Transportation since January 2006, is a former President of Extendicare Canada Inc. and a former Executive Director of the Ontario Nursing Home Association (now the Ontario Long-Term Care Association).

"I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve as Secretary of the Cabinet," Jamieson said.

"To lead so many dedicated public servants, and work with them and the government to serve Ontarians in this important role, is an honour I cherish and a responsibility that I take very seriously."

Jamieson will succeed Tony Dean, who recently announced he is leaving the post in January after serving as Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council since November 2002.

"I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Tony Dean for exemplary service to our province," the Premier said.

He praised Dean as a leader who has restored pride in public service.

Dean's many accomplishments include:

  • Accelerating the modernization of public services through ServiceOntario and implementing the first money back guarantee for online services such as birth certificates.
  • Promoting better collaboration within and between governments in delivering services to Ontarians.
  • Working well with this political administration to get new policies off the page and effectively implemented in order to deliver better results for Ontarians.

"Tony Dean has been the ultimate public servant, exhibiting on a daily basis the drive to get things done, and the diplomacy required to have them done well," McGuinty said.

"As Premier, I have had the privilege of seeing him work when the stakes were highest, the pressure was greatest, and the chance for personal glory was nil. And I can tell you that Ontarians have been well served indeed by Tony Dean."

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