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Federal job cuts happening mostly outside Ottawa, PSAC suggests

OTTAWA – The federal government appears to have dropped a promise that cuts to the public service would mostly affect Ottawa, not other parts of the country.


 

OTTAWA – The federal government appears to have dropped a promise that cuts to the public service would mostly affect Ottawa, not other parts of the country.

The vast majority of federal job cuts appear in fact to be taking place elsewhere across Canada — which is the opposite of what the Tories suggested they would do.

The Flaherty budget tabled last March forecast 19,200 jobs eliminated and it promised that the heaviest burden would fall on the national capital region.

That’s not how it’s worked out.

Just more than 18,000 federal public servants have received notices that they could lose their jobs.

According to statistics compiled by the federal public-sector union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, just 35 per cent of those notices have gone out in the national capital region. Sixty-five per cent have gone out elsewhere in the country.

Fourteen per cent of the notices have gone to employees in Ontario, 13 per cent were issued in Quebec, 12 per cent went to the Prairies and Atlantic Canada received 10 per cent.

Calls to the office of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty were referred to the Treasury Board, which did not respond to a request for comment from The Canadian Press.


 
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Federal job cuts happening mostly outside Ottawa, PSAC suggests

  1. Huh. That’s odd, that.

  2. If the numbers are accurate, there are only two plausible explanations: another Con shell game or just administrative ineptitude.

  3. “the opposite of what the Tories suggested they would do”

    SOP for this bunch. Never doubted for a moment how it would turn out. Might be even more revealing if the regional numbers were broken out on a per-capita basis.

  4. No surprise….most of the high end double dippers are in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Too bad this scam called “Alternation” was not plannned and implemented in a fair and timely manner…wait…what’s that? I just heard through my sources that more cuts are coming in the spring…..are better departure packages on the way?

  5. We need some more stats to draw any conclusions. I am the first the blame the Cons for being a bunch of deceptive liars, but what we need to know is what percentage of the public sector is in the various regions before the cuts. If Ottawa has 15% of the civil servants, but got 35% of the lay-off notices, then it may be the “heaviest burden” would fall on the Ottawa region.

    I could accept that “Ottawa” was being compared to other regions, not the entire country as a whole. That said, I made up the above number. What are the real share of jobs spread out across the country?

  6. sounds like decision makers in Ottawa in the federal service are saving their own jobs! these cuts are being implemented and forward by public service management – guess what info is being sent in for cuts, now we have front line workers being cut with managers and executives savings their own jobs – 18000 workers cuts and the same level of managers and executives, square that circle.