The public service has continued to function despite the ongoing payroll system debacle, but people, and the government’s foundation, will crack under the strain.
Public servants rallied in Ottawa on Feb. 28 to mark the third anniversary of the launch of the troubled Phoenix payroll system. Nearly two years retired, Andrew Caddell is still feeling the Phoenix effects. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—I am pissed off with the government of Canada.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.