OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Treasury Board president Tony Clement must
let Canadians see the advice he's getting on public service cuts and
let them have their say.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada says transparency is critical
given the government's goal to cut public services by up to 10 per cent
across the board.
"These cuts could have devastating consequences for families and
communities across the country," said PSAC president John Gordon. "The
people who depend on public services and the people who provide them
must not be shut out of these decisions," he added.
The government set a Canadian precedent by offering senior management
cash incentives of up to $15,000 pegged on how much they found to cut
in their departments. Deloitte Inc. is getting $90,000 a day for its
advice. Minister Clement and a cabinet sub-committee are currently
behind closed doors reviewing their proposals.
"The Canadian public is paying a lot of money for advice on cuts that
will cost families and communities in other ways for years to come,"
said Gordon. "We should be able to see what the government has paid
for, and comment, before the final decisions are presented as a done
deal in the budget," he added.
The PSAC has written to Minister Clement and set up a Twitter petition
asking that the proposals from management and Deloitte be made public,
then passed on to standing committees of parliament - which are
mandated to review departmental budget estimates. Those committees,
says PSAC, should then hold hearings about the consequences of proposed
"Winning a majority of seats in Parliament doesn't win you the right to
keep the information affecting decisions of this magnitude a secret,"
said Gordon. "We are asking, very simply, that the government govern
openly. It's a question of accountability, credibility and legitimacy."
For further information:
Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications Officer, 613-560-4273