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Canada's top bureaucrat to retire next month

Kevin Lynch, Canada's top bureaucrat, will retire at the end of June, the Prime Minister's Office said Thursday.

Kevin Lynch, Canada's top bureaucrat, will retire at the end of June, the Prime Minister's Office said Thursday in a release.

Kevin Lynch, right, clerk of the Privy Council Office, swears in Industry Ministry Tony Clement as Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in October 2008. ((Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press))
The Cape Breton-born Lynch, 58, was appointed clerk of the Privy Council Office in 2006 after a public service career spanning 30 years. He previously served as deputy minister of trade and finance and as an economist for the Bank of Canada.

As clerk of the Privy Council Office, Lynch directly advises the prime minister on policy, administrative and political matters. He is the link between the Prime Minister's Office and the deputy ministers who run each government department.

The PMO announced in a separate release that Wayne Wouters, secretary of the Treasury Board, would succeed Lynch.

The prime minister will swear in Lynch as a member of the Privy Council prior to his retirement.

"On behalf of the government of Canada, I want to thank him for his tireless service and dedication to his country," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a release.

"On a more personal note, I want to acknowledge his tireless efforts and enthusiasm in helping the government maintain a steady course through troubled economic times, our involvement in Afghanistan, and all the day-to-day challenges of a minority Parliament."

In January, Lynch's executive assistant, Kevin Chan, left the Privy Council Office to become a senior adviser to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

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