10,980 fewer public sector jobs

by Aaron Wherry

The Harper government announces that it has eliminated 10,980 positions within the public sector in the last six months.

“We are shrinking the size of government while minimizing impacts to employees,” said Minister Clement. “We will continue to work hard to rein in spending and find efficiencies in government operations. Our Government understands that reducing costs helps keep taxes and our debt low, which are critical to spurring growth and ensuring our long-term prosperity.”

The biggest cuts (by total number) came in Public Safety, the Canada Revenue Agency and Human Resources and Skills Development.




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10,980 fewer public sector jobs

  1. At least 10,980 employees are wondering how the impacts have been minimized. Perhaps the initial plan was to shoot them?

  2. Surprised this post wasn’t titled “The unquiet cuts”

    • Well the “Harper Government” did release this on a Friday at the end of a week in which Conservatives also made a gazillion spending announcements so it’s somewhere betweeen quiet and unquiet. Aaron needn’t fear that he is going to run out of material.

  3. Budget Officer Kevin Page forecast that Harper’s austerity measures would significantly reduce GDP growth. Mark Carney didn’t think so and forecast 2.4% and 2.4% for 2012-13. Page’s forecast? 1.9% and 1.6% (which Conservatives said was “too pessimistic.”)

    Looks like Page was right on track all along. Carney and Flaherty have since revised their forecasts downwards.

    The reduction in GDP growth for 2012 (now forecast at 2.0%) added $5B to the deficit.

    So much for tax cuts ($44B/yr) and austerity measures spurring growth and prosperity. GDP growth hasn’t been this bad since the Great Depression.

    • Ron, your last sentence is a blatant lie.

      • Nonsense. During the 1960s, an economic recover produced GDP growth over 6%. During the 1980s and 1990s recover growth was around 5%. During the 2000s it was around 3%. Now Mark Carney says 2.5% GDP growth signifies a full recovery.

        The recovery from the 2009 recession has also been one of the worse recoveries. Here’s GDP growth since 2010 including Carney’s forecast (2012-14): 3.2%, 2.5%, 2.1%, 2.3%, 2.4%.

  4. “We are shrinking the size of government while minimizing impacts to employees,”

    I get it. The impacts to employees are minimized because those whose jobs have been eliminated from under them are no longer, you know…employees

    Nice verbal sleight there, Twitter Twerp.

  5. If people were replaced with technology, it would make sense…..but no doubt they just got rid of people, and things will be chaos.

    Come to think of it, the Feds are crappy with computers as well, so I suppose it’s a tossup.

  6. Meanwhile, down at Service Canada…crickets.

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