Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 08, 2013 08:30 ET

Federal Conservatives Should Embrace "Professionalism, Transparency and Accountability" Exemplified by Kevin Page, Says PIPSC President

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 8, 2013) - "The Harper government should learn from its mistakes and embrace both the challenge and example set by former Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Kevin Page by demonstrating greater professionalism, transparency and accountability in the management of government," says Gary Corbett, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). "The current government would benefit not only from increased transparency and accountability but also from the example of those such as Kevin Page who have modeled professionalism over a long career in the federal public service." Corbett made the remarks on the occasion of PIPSC's 94th Annual General Meeting (AGM), at which the former Parliamentary Budget Officer was the keynote speaker and received the Institute's inaugural "Public Accountability" award.

More than 400 delegates from across the country are gathered today at the Delta City Centre in Ottawa to discuss and debate the impact of current federal government policies and the union's response. PIPSC members are facing an increasingly hostile work environment caused by ongoing cuts to federal government jobs, services and programs; the muzzling of federal scientists; the targeting of union finances and workers' rights through Bills C-4, C-525 and C-377; and the misrepresentation of federal employee sick leave and other benefits. This year's AGM is especially important since a majority of PIPSC groups will see their collective agreements expire in 2014.

"The Harper government's ongoing cuts to programs and services not only harm public service employees and their families, they jeopardize the security, well-being and prosperity of all Canadians," said Corbett. "This has been a particularly dark year in that respect, with the government deciding behind closed doors how it is going to take down unions and the public service, while one Tory scandal after another is exposed to Canadians and evidence of the government's failure to ensure adequate public health, safety and environmental protection grows."

A special presentation of PIPSC's newest membership engagement initiative - Better Together - will also take place at the AGM. It reflects Canadians' growing support for professional public services and opposes the government's continuing cuts to jobs, programs and services.

"Professionals will not stand by while programs and services Canadians depend on are amputated, or, worse, eliminated. By coming together and standing with the public, we will lead by example on the issues of accountability, transparency and democracy. We are better and stronger together," concluded Corbett.

Delegates attending the AGM will also participate in a debate on a proposed dues increase, and will hear presentations from presidential candidates prior to the election scheduled for early December.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

NOTES:

1. To learn more about the 94th Annual General Meeting (2013), visit http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/news/events/agm/2013 and/or www.Facebook.com/PIPSC.IPFPC.

2. Follow-us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PIPSC_IPFPC. Use our hashtag #PIPSC94 and tweet @PIPSC_IPFPC

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