Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

January 04, 2007 17:35 ET

Cabinet Shuffle-Professional Institute Cautiously Optimistic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2007) - While extending congratulations to the Conservative government's appointees today, Michele Demers, President of the 50,000 member Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, expressed cautious optimism when reviewing the changes to the Harper cabinet.

"The appointment of Victor Toews as President of the Treasury Board leaves us wondering what the future holds for our members, half of whom will be in contract negotiations during 2007," said President Demers. "While we have not had the opportunity to work with Minister Toews in the past, it is my hope we will be able to build on the positive relationship established with departing TB President John Baird," she added.

"While I firmly believe in giving a new minister the opportunity to settle in and become familiar with a new portfolio, I look forward to meeting with Minister Toews to discuss the expectations of the public service professionals who deliver the quality services Canadians expect and deserve" said President Demers.

Ms. Demers went on to say, "To us, it looks like Minister Baird's appointment signifies that the Harper government is giving priority status to environmental issues. This triggers in our scientist members a sense of renewed but cautious optimism. After decades of eroding focus and funding, these dedicated scientists hope to be at the forefront of much needed improvements. Tangible recognition of their expertise and the contribution they make towards the greening of our planet is long overdue. Canadians expect nothing less from their government than a safe and healthy environment.

"I look forward to meeting with Minister Baird to make him aware of the expertise our scientists possess augmented by the palpable desire they have to work with the government to reverse the damage done to our environment after years of neglect."

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 50,000 professionals and scientists across Canada.

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  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Bill Corcoran
    Information Officer
    613-228-6310
    1-800-267-0446 ext 2232
    www.pipsc.ca