Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

October 22, 2019

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Prime Minister Trudeau,

On behalf of the 60,000 members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), I would like to offer you my sincere congratulations for your re-appointment as our nation’s Prime Minister.

A collaborative relationship will be key to our ongoing success. Our work together to replace Phoenix has been productive and we will be pleased to see this back on the top of the government’s agenda.

Over the past four years, your government has replenished the ranks of public scientists and we look forward to the continued investment needed to tackle the climate crisis. We're also looking to make strides on tax fairness and the reduction of government outsourcing.

The high voter turnout in the National Capital Region reflects the engaged electorate, and many of our members cast their vote for a government that will invest in public services. PIPSC and our members are confident that we can continue to collaborate effectively to ensure that the federal public service meets the growing needs and aspirations of all Canadians.

To achieve this objective, the government must:

  1. Ensure that public servants are paid correctly and on time, by introducing a fully funded, functional pay system developed in cooperation with its own information technology specialists, our CS Group members, to replace the disastrous Phoenix system.
  2. Ensure that Canada’s public scientists have the resources they need to help our country face difficult health and environmental challenges.
  3. Reduce costly and wasteful outsourcing on government consultants to 2005-06 levels, as you had committed to in the 2015 election.
  4. Give the Canada Revenue Agency and our members the resources they need to collect the billions of dollars lost every year because of tax loopholes. We need to properly fund the infrastructure and public services Canadians depend on every day.

Once again, please accept our congratulations on your electoral success and our best wishes for your efforts in fulfilling the commitments you have made to Canadians. You have our assurance that we are ready to work with you and your government.


Debi Daviau
PIPSC President