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ELECTORAL BUDGET FAILS CANADIANS
Ottawa, March 22, 2011 – The 2011 federal Budget seems designed to garner election support instead of showing real leadership on the government’s part, according to the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC).
“This Budget is a missed opportunity on the government’s part to present real solutions to Canadians’ economic and social concerns” stated Gary Corbett, President of the Institute.
“It’s squeezing every last dime out of the public service, no matter the consequences on the delivery of programs and services to Canadians. But it provides for billions of dollars in tax breaks for highly-profitable corporations. This is not responsible government”, he added.
A secretive new Strategic and Operating Review process unilaterally imposes an additional, annual 5 % cut to all government departments. What’s worse, by calling upon the services of outside “experts” to advise on processes and programs that they are simply not familiar with, the government is once again sending the signal that is has no confidence at all in its own employees.
“Outsourcing is costing Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars a year without delivering value for money, and it undermines accountability and transparency within the public service. It’s rather ironic that the government is once more looking to private sector consultants, who do not come cheap, to identify where to find savings and how to do things better. That just doesn’t make any sense”, concluded Corbett.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 59,000 scientists and other professionals across Canada’s public sector.
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