Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

October 17, 2007 08:05 ET

Where's the Public Service in This Throne Speech? Asks PIPSC

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2007) - "Yesterday's Speech from the Throne which sets out an ambitious agenda fails to provide for the necessary investment in the Public Service to deliver on the government's promises. As a matter of fact, there was not even a mention of, much less a commitment to the Public Service," said Michele Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

The Professional Institute reminds the government that the public service is paramount to fulfilling its agenda. What is needed is a clear message that the public service will be sufficiently equipped with the necessary resources to deliver the government's agenda. If the government is serious about building a stronger Canada, it must invest in its public service human resource and physical infrastructure.

The Professional Institute on behalf of its 20,000 scientist members, welcomes the building of a research station in the Arctic. However, Mr. Harper has missed the mark in failing to say anything on the role of its government scientists in this initiative.

Furthermore, PIPSC is also pleased to see the government's acknowledgement of its role as regulator in the area of food and product safety. But again, where is the funding for science in this Speech?

The Professional Institute is particularly concerned by the government's ability to deliver on its environmental promises at a time when the federal department of the environment is undergoing important restructuring. The Institute has learned that Environment Canada officials are considering short term solutions to try and maintain service levels at the expense of their employees, such as converting part of the salary budget to operational funds to deal with this short-fall.

The Throne Speech would have been an opportune time for the government to address public service renewal. If the government is to be successful in implementing its agenda at this critical juncture, it will need to work with its employees in finding innovative measures to make the public service a relevant and challenging workplace.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service is a national union representing 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada.

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  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Francine Pressault
    613-228-6310 /1-800-267-0446, ext. 2228 / 613-794-9369