From 1940 on, the PCO has provided the secretarial functions not only for the full Cabinet but for the numerous Cabinet committees created in response to the mounting burdens on the political executive. It co-ordinates the activities of Cabinet and Cabinet committees and acts as a liaison with government agencies and departments on Cabinet matters; it examines, edits and registers statutory regulations and arranges for their publication; and it traditionally advises the prime minister on those senior appointments in the public service not under the purview of the PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
During the administrations of PMs Pierre TRUDEAU and Brian MULRONEY the PCO was criticized by those who objected to the growing power of the executive. Equally, there has been recurring concern that the non-partisan role of the PCO has been jeopardized by the possible overlap of functions in the greatly enlarged PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE.
Author J.E. HODGETTS
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