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Government Management Structure
The primary role of the public service is to translate the government’s
(Cabinet’s) priorities and decisions into actions. Public servants develop
options for consideration by Ministers and implement the course of action
determined by Cabinet.
Under our parliamentary system, Cabinet has the authority to make decisions on
day-to-day government matters. Cabinet sets the legislative agenda for the
Legislature, it sets the government priorities, defines the policy framework and
recommends the mandates and budgets for each department. Cabinet Ministers are
selected by the Legislature; the Premier assigns each Minister a department(s).
Ministers represent their department(s) in the Legislative Assembly and table
legislation affecting their department(s) as necessary. Ministers are
accountable to the Legislature for all actions carried out in their name by
their departmental officials.
Deputy Ministers are appointed by the Premier. They work closely with their
Ministers and report to them on day-to-day matters. A Deputy Minister provides
technical, managerial, legal and financial advice to the Minister and is
expected to be politically sensitive, though politically neutral. Departmental
officials take their direction from their Deputy Minister, who in effect is the
department’s Chief Executive Officer.
There is an accountability relationship between the public service, a Minister,
Cabinet, the Premier and, ultimately, the public. This relationship requires
special consideration in setting up the internal management structure of the
government. In April 1999, Cabinet adopted a structure to guide the activities
of senior government officials in the administration of their responsibilities.