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Government's public service cuts slammed

The head of Canada’s largest public service has criticized thegovernment for continuing to strip away at regulatory policies afterTreasury Board president Stockwell Day announced 245 federal positionswere eliminated yesterday.

The head of Canada’s largest public service has criticized the government for continuing to strip away at regulatory policies after Treasury Board president Stockwell Day announced 245 federal positions were eliminated yesterday.

“They are incrementally rolling out a cut here, a cut there. It is never going to end,” said Public Service Alliance Canada national director John Gordon. “I want to see the government stand up and tell the people what services are going to be ending.”

Day outlined the reductions to agencies, boards and commissions as part of the government’s plan to improve efficiency.

“This is an important part of our commitment to overall restraint and prudent fiscal management,” said Day.

“The reduction of 245 positions from various federal organizations will not affect the delivery of government services in any way.”

Day said nearly 90 per cent of the positions were already vacant.

The cuts were recommended by a task force that reviewed nearly 2,700 positions in more than 200 federal organizations.

The Conservatives are calling this a move towards streamlining government organizations, with the cutbacks saving an estimated $1.2 million.

Conservatives plan to save $6.8 billion over the next five years by downsizing the government.

 
 
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