The Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report on August 14 that confirms PSAC’s assertion that the government is making reckless cuts to public services.
According to the report, the Harper government has made cuts to programs without evaluating the impact of those cuts. Despite the federal government’s insistence that spending reductions would target inefficiencies, the PBO asserts that “performance did not have a strong influence on program termination.”
Since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has made cuts to crucial programs and services. This includes:
- Deep cuts to Statistics Canada that have left economists and other policy makers without the data they need for evidence-led decision making.
- Slashing funding for conservation and restoration of landscapes, water and wildlife; monitoring climate change and minimizing threats from pollution.
- Cuts to border services that are putting public safety and security at risk.
- Legislative changes to EI eligibility that are making it harder for the unemployed, particularly seasonal workers, to access crucial EI benefits, hurting workers and economies in many communities in Canada.
- Ignoring widespread opposition and shutting down nine Veterans Affairs offices that provided crucial front line services to thousands of veterans across the country.
- Closing every Canada Revenue service counter in the country and cancelling all face-to-face outreach services.
“Canadians need and deserve access to crucial public services,” said Robyn Benson, National President of PSAC. “The PBO report confirms that this government does not have the public’s interest at heart when it slashes valuable programs with no regard for Canadians who depend on them.”