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 in a release.
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.