Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

March 04, 2010 20:37 ET

PIPSC: Canada's Future Compromised by Lack of Vision

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - With its 2010 Budget, the federal government continues to put short-sighted fiscal considerations ahead of the well-being of Canadians, according to the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). 

"While we look forward to working constructively with the federal government to build a better and more efficient public service, I'm disappointed to see that the government has chosen such an uncreative approach to the budget. Program cuts, frozen operating budgets and a de facto salary freeze for federal employees as the primary means of fighting the budget deficit are decisions that will have serious consequences on the federal public sector's ability to deliver the programs and services that Canadians depend on for their safety and well-being", stated Gary Corbett, President of the Institute.

"I am particularly concerned about the government's emphasis on freezing operating budgets. You can't get blood from a stone and after years of the Strategic Review Process, the public service has been squeezed dry. While we applaud the government's commitment to such initiatives as closing tax loopholes and enhancing Canada's presence and scientific capabilities in the Artic, that just won't be possible without corresponding investments in the people whose job it is to make it happen".

In contrast, the Professional Institute has proposed many ways to improve the delivery of programs and services to Canadians, notably through a substantial reduction in contracting out work to the private sector that can be performed more cheaply and effectively by the public service. PIPSC estimates that billions of dollars could be saved each year in this manner, which would also preserve the expertise acquired over decades. It is committed to working with the government to find the most effective means of serving Canadians in the years ahead. 

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 57,000 professionals across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310 extension 2229
    613-864-4368 (cell)