Ms Pegeot to be Embedded with the Department of Justice

November 26th, 2013

Internal government sources have now confirmed that Ms France Pegeot, currently the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), is being quietly appointed to a senior leadership position in the Department of Justice, as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister, effective December 2, 2013.

Ms Pegeot is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the CSA, the same CSA that will likely be working through some issues with the Department of Justice next year.

The Department of Justice is being very quiet about Ms Pegeot’s appointment, declining to acknowledge it on their website’s News pages (or anywhere else, for that matter).  As for the DFO, RestoreCSA requested confirmation of Ms Pegeot’s appointment on November 19th.  We wrote as follows:

“We received a tip […] that Ms Pegeot has been appointed to the Department of Justice, as noted below.  This appears to be an internal DFO email advisory. Can you confirm that Ms Pegeot is moving to the Department of Justice?”

The DFO refused to respond to our question.  In consequence, we have escalated our inquiries.

We noted this week in our federal filings that because “the Department of Justice is likely to be involved in these investigations [of CSA activity], it is highly improper that a senior leader of the CSA should be appointed as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister who will ultimately be responsible for investigating her.”

We believe that this appointment is an extraordinary conflict of interests and we are pursuing options to rectify the situation.

Specifically, in our ongoing discussions with federal officials, we are working to prevent the appointment of Ms Pegeot or, in the alternative, to utilize what appears to be the extraordinary conflicts of interest intrinsic to her appointment as the impetus for a more thorough investigation of CSA influence in the federal civil service.

RestoreCSA’s background on Ms Pegeot is available here.


Original Internal Announcement

——-Original Message——-

From: Office of the Deputy Minister / Bureau du sous-ministre

Sent: Thu 11/14/2013 11:36 AM

Subject: France Pégeot Departure to the Department of Justice | Départ de France Pégeot au ministère de la Justice



(La version française suit)



It is with great pleasure that we congratulate France Pégeot on her upcoming move to the Department of Justice.  Effective December 2, 2013, France will be assuming her role as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice.


France has been the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, since March 21, 2011. Over the past 19 years, France has held senior level positions at Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Centre for Management Development, the Privy Council Office, EnCana Corporation, the Canada Economic Development Agency for Quebec Regions and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.


With her vast experience, she is well positioned to successfully take on her role as Special Advisor.


France has been a valued voice on the DFO management team.  Her advice and expert knowledge will be greatly missed. We trust you will join us in thanking France for her valuable contribution to the Department and in wishing her all the best in her new role.


Nadia Bouffard, Director General, External Relations, will act in the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, while a selection process to fill the position is underway.  Robert Elliott, in addition to his current role as Director General, Economic Analysis & Statistics, will act in the position of Director General, Strategic Policy, effective immediately. We take this opportunity to thank both Nadia and Robert for accepting these assignments.



Matthew King
Deputy Minister

Fisheries and Oceans Canada    

David Bevan            
Associate Deputy Minister

Fisheries and Oceans Canada    

Marc Grégoire
Commissioner

Canadian Coast Guard           




C’est avec un immense plaisir que nous félicitons France Pégeot pour son transfert imminent au ministère de la Justice. À compter du 2 décembre 2013, France assumera son nouveau rôle comme conseillère spéciale au sous-ministre de la Justice.


France occupe le poste de sous­ministre adjointe principale de Politiques stratégiques depuis le 21 mars 2011. Au cours des dix­neuf dernières années, France a occupé divers postes de niveau supérieur à Santé Canada, à Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, au Centre canadien de gestion, au Bureau du Conseil privé, à EnCana, de même qu’à l’Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec et à l’Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.


Sa vaste expérience fait d’elle la candidate idéale pour ce rôle de conseillère spéciale.


France a occupé une place précieuse au sein de l’équipe de direction de Pêches et Océans Canada. Ses conseils et ses connaissances approfondies nous manqueront grandement. Nous sommes convaincus que vous vous joindrez à nous pour la remercier de sa contribution remarquable au Ministère et pour lui souhaiter le plus grand succès dans ses nouvelles fonctions.


Nadia Bouffard, directrice générale, Relations externes, prendra la relève sur une base intérimaire au poste de sous-ministre adjointe principale, Politiques stratégiques pendant qu’un processus de sélection est en cours. Robert Elliott, en plus de son rôle comme directeur général Analyses économiques et Statistiques prendra la relève sur une base intérimaire au poste de directeur général, Politiques stratégiques. Nous profitons de cette occasion pour les remercier d’avoir accepté ces affectations.


Matthew King           

Sous-ministre          

Pêches et Océans Canada

David Bevan            

Sous-ministre délégué

Pêches et Océans Canada

Marc Grégoire

Commissaire

Garde côtière canadienne