Federal job cuts could be higher than projected (CBC)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    National Defence hit first with 1,100 civilian job losses; Health Canada to lose at least 840

    Canadians should expect more federal job cuts than the 19,200 the government forecast in last week's budget, the union that represents most federal public-sector employees said Wednesday.

    Patty Ducharme, national executive vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says there are temporary employees whose jobs will be eliminated, and there are still cuts from previous budget freezes to take into account.

    There are still 6,300 jobs to be cut from the strategic and operating reviews from 2007 to 2010, plus "thousands and thousands of term employees who will not see their terms renewed," Ducharme said.

    Ducharme says the union is asking the government to tell Canadians which services will be affected by the cuts.

    "The government has this information and we’re asking the government to provide this information to Canadians," she said.


    Half of cuts to army

    Of the cuts hitting UNDE members, 175 are from bases across Ontario, with an additional 153 in the National Capital Region of Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

    Another 345 come from Quebec, outside of Gatineau. British Columbia will lose 41 jobs, Alberta another 191, and 10 in Manitoba, including two in Thunder Bay, Ont., which reports to Manitoba.

    Nova Scotia will lose 62 people and New Brunswick 115. St. John's, N.L., will lose one job.

    About a fifth of the cuts, or 234 out of 1,093, hit Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of National Defence. The army is losing 585 jobs and the Royal Canadian Navy 12.

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is untouched in this round, although some jobs with the navy and air force have already been eliminated through attrition.

    Special forces are losing seven support personnel, public affairs is losing 38 people and human resources 217.


    I'm actually surprised that the Conservatives are taking the ax to the army like that. I would have thought this would have been left untouched. Guess not.

    Oh, and the CBC is starting to regain some of it's lost credibility it had since the Conservatives took power in my books. Guess all that sucking up over the years didn't necessarily translate into winning any favors from the government after all.

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