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‘Would not be wise to pursue austerity’ before recovery, says Kevin Page

By Mike Lapointe      

National president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Chris Aylward says the timing 'couldn’t be worse' for this government to start looking at cuts to public service jobs.

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page says that 'while an austerity exercise could be a few years off, it would be wise for the public service to develop possible options for future political consideration in a post COVID-19 environment.' The Hill Times file photograph

Although there is a projected federal deficit of just under $350-billion for 2020-21, Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page said the government needs to think about spurring economic growth before thinking about austerity measures to cut down on government debt.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


PM’s ‘Tiger Team’ meant to address diversity, inclusion in Canada’s national intelligence and security community hasn’t met since 2018

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.

Trudeau should hire a ‘director of ethics and oversight’ to vet potential conflicts and break ‘serial pattern’ of ethics lapses, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau's Liberals should ensure they don’t end up in anymore ethical controversies, as these scandals lead people to think that it is ‘time for change,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan spent roughly $20,000 in a week on a last-minute bid to shore up support, while Erin O'Toole's campaign slowed its online ad spending to a trickle.

Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and wife, Vicki, ‘working hard’ to make Donald Trump ‘a footnote in history’

News|By Abbas Rana
Bruce Heyman and other former Democratic ambassadors to Canada want the voter turnout of Americans living in Canada to at least double from six to 12 per cent in the November election.

Potential privacy threat to Android owners using COVID exposure notification app won’t be fixed until ‘later in the third quarter’

The exposure notification app launched July 31 in Ontario and will be available to residents of other provinces later.

‘No preferential treatment’: Trudeau says government did its ‘due diligence’ in assessing WE

News|By Beatrice Paez
'My primary concern was to make sure that the public service could fully support its recommendation, that without a doubt, WE Charity was the right, and indeed, the only partner to deliver the program,' says Mr. Trudeau.

Chinese envoy says Canada can ‘make up its mind’ in face of U.S. calls to counter China

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Canada is proud of being an independent country, or a country with its own independent foreign policy, so I hope that Canada is wise enough to make its own decision,' says Cong Peiwu, China's ambassador to Canada.

Parliament should label Uyghur persecution as genocide to foster global support against China’s human rights abuses, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
'There's pretty strong proof and testimony that there have been acts of genocide perpetrated against the Uyghur people,' says NDP MP Heather McPherson.

Deem Indigenous policing essential, boost support for Northern communities to help scrap racism in policing, committee hears

Police are 'being unfairly spotlighted' in a bigger conversation about systemic racism that happens in all arrays of society, says National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé.
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