Ottawa, February 5, 2019 – Members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) will be on Parliament Hill today to meet with Canada’s Parliamentarians on issues of critical importance to the delivery of public services – restoring Canada’s public science capacity, reducing over-reliance on the outsourcing of government services, ensuring the integrity of the country’s tax system, and replacing the troubled Phoenix pay system.
Led by PIPSC President Debi Daviau, Institute members will meet with dozens of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators, to advocate on behalf of public services and the professionals who deliver them.
“Canada’s public service is the best in the world”, said Daviau. “But right now it’s operating under a number of constraints that are limiting its ability to deliver to Canadians. Outsourcing of the work best performed by public servants, failure to pay them on time or at all, lack of resources to catch tax cheats and the need for more public science are all very serious concerns for our members that we will be discussing with MPs and Senators today”.
PIPSC representatives will call on the government to quickly find a fully-functional replacement for Phoenix; to reinvest in the Canada Revenue Agency; to increase funding for federal Research and Development; and to bring spending on outside consultants back to 2005/2006 levels, as promised during the last election campaign.
“We’re on the Hill today to remind Parliamentarians of the critical social and economic role that the public service plays in Canada. We’re here to remind them that we need to give public servants the tools they need to keep working effectively for Canadians”, concluded Daviau.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 public service professionals across Canada.
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