Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

April 12, 2011 07:30 ET

Cuts to Public Services: Full Disclosure Is Required in Leaders' Debate

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) - At the national leaders' debate on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, public service professionals call for full disclosure of the real impact of the political parties' plans for public services that Canadians rely on.

Releasing the Conservative Party's platform, Prime Minister Harper referred to government spending cuts as "getting fat out of the system". The Party's platform also commits to eliminating one regulation for every new regulation a Conservative government would bring into force.

"Prime Minister Harper is making light of important public services and regulations that Canadians depend on," says Gary Corbett, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service (PIPSC). "The federal government had already targeted $11 billion in cuts over the past 5 years. It's beyond belief that additional cuts of up to 10% in real terms can be made without doing serious and irreparable harm to public services."

"The leaders' debate is the right time for a full accounting of the impact each Party's policies will have on our health, environment and prosperity," says Corbett. "As Canadians learned the hard way through Walkerton and listeriosis, cuts and deregulation are recipes for disaster."

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.

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