OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - In 2012, at a time when programs and
services that directly benefitted Canadians were being cut, Natural
Resources Canada (NRCan) used $4 million from a "special reserve fund"
to pay for commercials to sell Canadians on the proposed budget.
The advertising campaign's goal was to convince the public of the
opportunities to capitalize on Canada's natural resources and that the
budget would create jobs. At the same time, programs that directly
assisted Canadians, such as the ecoEnergy retrofit, and about 500 jobs
within NRCan were eliminated.
"Programs that directly benefited you and me were slashed," said Michael
Sargent, National President of Natural Resources Union (NRU).
"Environmental assessment programs and research libraries that ensured
we were good stewards of our resources were terminated."
Sargent is also concerned about the existence of a "special reserve
fund". He questions how much is in there and what other government
initiatives have been funded instead of directly supporting protection
of Canada's natural resources.
"At the end of the day, the only ones benefitting are the large
businesses determined to exploit Canada's resource potential in the
interest of corporate financial gain."
Natural Resources Union represents 1160 employees of NRCan.
SOURCE: Natural Resources Union
For further information:
National President, NRU