Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

April 18, 2011 16:41 ET

Candidates to Debate the Future of Public Services in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2011) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), in partnership with the University of Ottawa, will host a debate on public service issues between representatives of the five major federal parties.

Election 2011: the Future of Public Services will be moderated by Don Newman, one of Canada's most eminent political journalists and the Chairman of Canada 2020, a non-partisan forum dedicated to the social and economic well-being of Canadians. The debate will be broadcast on Rogers Ottawa and webcast in real time on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa.

"The future of the federal public service is a major issue in this election campaign," says Gary Corbett, President of the Institute. "This debate will be an excellent opportunity to deal with questions left unanswered after the national leaders' debate. The candidates will be able to fully explain their parties' respective plans for the future of the public programs and services that Canadians rely on."

The debate will be of particular interest to voters in the National Capital Region, where public service employees and their families account for a large proportion of the population. Election 2011: the Future of Public Services will also be accessible to Canadians from coast to coast via webcast. Questions will be taken from the audience and via email.

The Conservative Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada, New Democratic Party, Bloc Québecois and Green Party of Canada have all been invited to send one of their candidates from the National Capital Region to represent their party in this debate.

The University of Ottawa is a cosmopolitan community of over 45,000 students, faculty and staff who live, work and study in both English and French. At the heart of Canada's capital, the University of Ottawa is one of our country's leading research universities. The University's Department of History is a proud partner of Election 2011: the future of public services.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing some 59,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Laureen Allan
    613-228-6310 ext. 2230
    613-864-6700 (cell)