Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

April 29, 2008 12:00 ET

The Public Service Commission Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - The Public Service Commission of Canada, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, today unveiled a historical display marking 100 years of building a modern public service. Through pictures and documents, visitors are able to see how, in the last century, the federal public service has evolved from a system that was largely reliant on political patronage to one that is non-partisan with appointments based on merit. The exhibition, to take place from April 30 to May 2, 2008 at Library and Archives Canada, is free and open to the public. It is located at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

"I take pride in our past and look to a future where we continue to ensure that Canadians are served by a highly competent, non-partisan and representative public service, dedicated to excellence and able to provide services in both official languages," said Maria Barrados, President of the PSC.

"As the Clerk of the Privy Council reminded us recently, public service is all about making a difference," added Ian E. Wilson, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "We are extremely proud to exhibit this material, which illustrates the vision, passion, and dedication behind the creation of today's public service."

Canada Post also issued a commemorative envelope to mark this significant anniversary. Collectors will be anxious to add this piece to their collection.

"The interplay between the past and present is so beautifully displayed on this commemorative envelope," said Ms. Susan Margles, Vice- President Government Relations, Canada Post. "The picture postage stamp features a historic photograph of Parliament Hill while the envelope itself portrays a contemporary image of the Peace Tower and the incredible beauty of the building's architecture. A depiction that reminds Canadians that through serving the government housed in these buildings, public servants serve all Canadians."

The Parliament of Canada passed the Civil Service Amendment Act in 1908, creating a permanent Civil Service Commission. Its mandate was to ensure that the appointment and promotion of civil service personnel were free of political patronage and based on merit.

While the name has changed, the Commission's core mandate remains to this day to protect merit and non-partisanship in the federal public service. The PSC, an independent agency reporting to Parliament, has been instrumental in building the modern, professional public service we have today.

To find out about the 100th anniversary, visit the PSC Centenary site regularly at for historical facts on the federal public service, academic papers, speeches, our Centenary video: 100 Years Merits a Celebration and details on upcoming events.

You can also visit the historical display online through the Library and Archives Canada Forum on Canadian Democracy Website at .

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  • Public Service Commission of Canada
    Marilyne Guevremont
    Media Relations