February 11, 2014 21:05 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2014) - "With this Budget, the interests of Canadians have been sacrificed in favour of electoral considerations and an irrational obsession with balanced budgets. It keeps Canada on the wrong course and puts Canadians' health, environment and economic prosperity at risk. It is simply not possible for the government to 'put its fiscal house in order' when the foundations - the programs and services that Canadians depend on - are crumbling," says Debi Daviau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), Canada's largest union of public service professionals.
"This government certainly wins the gold medal when it comes to blatant self-interest," continues Daviau. "It's doing everything it can to position itself to win the next election when it should be doing everything possible to reverse the effects of its disastrous decisions from past budgets."
The Budget includes a number of unconvincing statements and dubious claims on the government's part, including:
"This Budget continues a long-term strategy of cutting back on public programs and services for ideological, and now electoral, reasons. This Budget is nothing for the government to be proud of. It will affect generations of Canadians. All that to win at the polls next time," concludes Daviau.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.
Pierre Villon(613) 228-6310 extension 2228(613) 794-9369 (cell)
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