Feds axe nearly 11,000 government jobs this year

Conservative MP Tony Clement. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY FILES)

Conservative MP Tony Clement. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY FILES)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:15 PM ET

OTTAWA — Treasury Board President Tony Clement boasted Friday that the federal government has already eliminated nearly 11,000 jobs this year. Clement said that's more than half the 19,000 on the chopping block, and puts the government on course to find $5.2 billion in savings.

Those job cuts were announced as part of the government's economic action plan this year, according to which 19,200 public service jobs needed to be cut. Clement said Friday that cuts were achieved through attrition and positions being eliminated through the collectively bargaining adjustment process.

"We said we would eliminate 19,200 positions within the federal government and we are doing what we promised to do," he said.

Clement's announcement coincided with a demonstration on Parliament Hill to oppose those cuts held by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada - one of Canada's largest unions.

PIPSC president Gary Corbett told the roughly 500 supporters the unions would not stand idly by while the government dismantled important public institutions and contracted out work to the "lowest bidders".

Opposition MPs joined the protest. Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat spoke to the crowd.

"The public service has been under attack by this government," Ravignat said. "It's had you in its sights since the beginning."

Since the budget was announced, opposition MPs have pressed the government to study the effects these public service cuts will have on Canadians and services.

Earlier this week Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the deficit was higher than expected and balancing the books would take longer than expected.

Clement says the cuts are part of bringing the books back to balance.


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