Canadian Taxpayers Federation attacks pay of "federal spin doctors"

Parliament Hill in Ottawa On. (Tony Caldwell/ QMI Agency File)

Parliament Hill in Ottawa On. (Tony Caldwell/ QMI Agency File)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

OTTAWA – Government spin doctors appear to have been spared from the feds’ campaign to make major cuts from a bloated federal public service.

Spending on Information Services staff among the core federal departments is projected to reach almost $263 million this year – and that doesn’t include communications gatekeepers within the RCMP, Canada Revenue Agency or independent tribunals.

“Journalists now have the punch line to the Ottawa version of the riddle: 'How many government communications staff does it take to spin a journalist,'” Greg Thomas, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said in a statement.

The number of communications staffers has declined since its height of 3,824 (at a cost of $281 million) in 2010, but still remains $48 million higher than 2006, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper initially made the pledge to end the profligacy of previous governments.

 


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