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The Privy Council for Canada was established by the British North America Act at Confederation as a “council to aid and advise the government of Canada”(Archivia). From the beginning, the Privy Council was synonymous with Cabinet, in part because of common membership. The Treasury Board, established 2 July 1867, is a permanent sub-committee of the Privy Council which deals exclusively with the financial matters of government operations. Other sub-committees, including those responsible for the war efforts, have been appointed and disbanded as necessary.
Appointed Clerk of the Privy Council in 1940, A.D.P. Heeney is credited with making the organization and operations of the Privy Council more business-like. Providing a professional clerical secretariat for the committees of the Privy Council remains the chief responsibility of the Privy Council Office. The position of Clerk of the Privy Council is now considered the highest status position in the civil service hierarchy.
Ottawa, October 18 2018: The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada has kindly accepted the request that she serve as UNA-Canada’s Honourary Patron.
Kathryn White, President and CEO of UNA-Canada, notes that “we are pleased that Her Excellency has continued this meaningful tradition of previous Governors General for over 60 years. It speaks to recognition of and support for the work of an historic, national charitable organization providing a leading policy voice on multilateralism, innovative programming focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and engagement of the next generation of youth in Canada and internationally.. Our mission is to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all”.
“We believe that a strong and effective United Nations is essential if we are to secure a future based on equality, dignity and justice for all. Our mandate is to promote full and constructive Canadian participation in the United Nations system and to grow global citizens in Canada who embrace the principles of the UN Charter.