"I Will Fight For Your Jobs" – Paul Dewar
January 24th, 2012
Dewar calls on local Conservative MPs to stand up for public service jobs
OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) is calling on local Conservative MPs to stand up against cuts to public service jobs.
"I will fight for your jobs and the quality public services Canadians expect from their government" said Dewar. "I call on all the local MPs, particularly Conservative MPs, to stand up in defence of public service employees."
Dewar was reacting to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives which found federal cuts could kill between 60,000 and 68,000 jobs in the public service. The cuts would have a devastating impact on the quality of public services across the country and on our local economy.
Dewar met with representatives of the Public Service Alliance of Canada today as part of his NDP leadership tour. During the meeting he spoke about protecting public services and the people who provide them. He laid out his plans to:
End partisan meddling in professional public service by establishing a code of conduct for ministerial staff, capping partisan appointments of "special advisors" and establishing merit-based public appointments.
Respect Public Service employees by improving legislative protection for whistleblowers and strengthening oversight of the Integrity Commissioner. And,
Create real public service jobs instead of federal government's over-reliance on temporary help services; modernize hiring mechanisms in consultation with employee unions and managers.
"Good governance begins with a relationship of trust and respect between public service employees and the political leadership," said Dewar. "Mr. Harper's approach is to strike fear in our public service. My approach is to address the real needs faced by Canadians."