New study confirms that public services are the best deal for Canadians



    OTTAWA, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada is
thrilled with the results of a new study proving that public services make a
significant contribution to Canadians' standard of living - worth at least 50
per cent of their income.
    The study, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives,
thoroughly debunks the notion that tax cuts put money in people's pockets. In
fact, authors Hugh Mackenzie and Richard Shillington prove that tax cuts
actually take money away from most workers and would be better spent by
investing in public services for Canadians.
    "Quality public services improve Canadians' lives in so many immeasurable
ways. But this new study demonstrates the fact that middle-income Canadian
families benefit from public services that are worth about $41,000 per year -
or 63 per cent of their income," says John Gordon, PSAC's National President.
    "Even households earning $80,000 to $90,000 per year enjoy public
services that represent half of their income. There is no doubt that the
services that PSAC members provide improve the quality of Canadians' lives and
communities," says Gordon.
    PSAC represents more than 160,000 members across Canada, including
130,000 federal public sector workers. In uncertain economic times, Canadians
look to PSAC members, who are on the front lines, helping people access
Employment Insurance and making sure that seniors receive their pension
cheques.
    The study, titled Canada's Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public
Spending, shows that 80 per cent of Canadians are worse off since the Harper
government cut the GST and 75 per cent would be better off if their provincial
government had invested in public services instead of tax cuts.
    "The Conservative government missed the opportunity to make real changes
to the Employment Insurance system and to invest in social infrastructure such
as universal child care as part of the 2009 federal budget," says Gordon.
"Stephen Harper chose ideologically-minded tax cuts over public spending. And
this study proves that we would all be much better off if the federal
government had provided real support to Canadians by investing in quality
public services."

    To read the study, Canada's Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public
Spending, visit policyalternatives.ca.




For further information:

For further information: or to book interviews: Ariel Troster, PSAC
Communications, (613) 292-8363 (cell), (613) 560-4273


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