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President's Message

A photograph of the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

I am pleased to present the 2013–14 Report on Plans and Priorities of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. This report sets out our commitments for rethinking the way we do business, both at the Secretariat and across government, to better serve the interests of Canadians and meet their expectations.

As President of the Treasury Board, I am committed to advancing a range of transformative initiatives to contain costs and ensure value for tax dollars. These initiatives focus on modernizing and simplifying the administrative systems of government, as well as promoting productivity, innovation and excellence in public service.

This fiscal year, the Secretariat will continue to support the government’s implementation of the 2012 Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, including the implementation of the One-for-One Rule. In addition, we will continue cutting costs for Canadian businesses through common sense actions that eliminate irritants in areas such as tax and payroll, labour, and trade.

As part of the Government’s ongoing focus on containing costs, we will continue to standardize and consolidate the delivery of external and internal services across the government. We will remain focused on strengthening financial management and enhancing oversight of expenditures by implementing key reforms to the estimates process and advancing initiatives such as the electronic reporting pilot project. As part of this work, we plan to publish more data and information on the Web, making it easier for Parliamentarians and Canadians to access and compare spending and performance across departments.

We will also continue building a modern and innovative public service that can respond to new realities. In particular, we will re-emphasize talent management to maximize employee engagement and reward achievement. We will also advance a more sustainable approach to compensation that reflects modern employment conditions.

Advancing our Open Government Action Plan will remain a top priority. We will build on the success of the open data portal by implementing the next generation platform for to facilitate the creation of valuable, consumer-friendly applications based on public sector data. We will also simplify the Open Government Licence Agreement to ensure it promotes the re-use of federal information as widely as possible.

Through these and other plans and initiatives, the Secretariat and I will continue to lead the way in making a difference on issues that matter to Canadians. We understand that Canadians expect the government to be innovative, to challenge the status quo, and to manage their tax dollars responsibly and they should expect nothing less. I look forward to continuing to work with public servants and Canadians in finding new and cost-effective ways to deliver excellent services through well-run government.

The Honourable Tony Clement
President of the Treasury Board and Minister for FedNor