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Institute’s Report on Outsourcing Discussed in Parliament

Our issues are breaking through the busy agenda of Parliament! Here’s a transcript of a Question asked by MP Robert Aubin in the House on June 13, 2016, and the response by Treasury Board President Scott Brison (a short video clip of the exchange is also available):

Robert Aubin, Member of Parliament for Trois-Rivières (QC):

Mr. Speaker, as we applaud all the work done by our public servants during this National Public Service Week, the fact is that things are not so rosy.

According to the latest report from the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the government has failed to contract out for services effectively. On top of a lack of accountability in the case of some contracts, many good jobs are being lost, while productivity and morale are diminishing among employees. It is all very discouraging.

Will the Liberals show some respect for the public service and limit its use of outside contractors?

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board:

Mr. Speaker, the government is working very hard to restore a culture of respect towards our public service, and we will continue to do just that during our negotiations.

On the question of outsourcing, this is a question we are engaged with the public service on. We believe very strongly that we can do more to engage our professional public service to provide better services for Canadians and better value for taxpayers at the same time. We are deeply engaged in this dialogue.

 

Publish Date: 15-JUN-2016 08:50 AM