The Public Service Alliance of Canada remains at an impasse with the federal government however, with national president Chris Aylward saying they won’t take an ‘inferior’ deal just to get it done before the election.
The program, which was originally conceived in the United Kingdom, is meant to boost diversity in the STEM research ranks. Canada's program will be broader, incorporating both colleges and universities, tracking a variety of equity groups, and including all disciplines, rather than just STEM.
Originally meant to streamline pay, Phoenix has left public servants overpaid, underpaid, and not paid at all since February 2016—and so far, the government has spent over $1.2-billion trying to fix it.
Marta Morgan moves from heading Immigration to Foreign Affairs, while Gina Wilson, believed to be the highest-ranking female Indigenous federal public servant, is the new deputy minister of public safety.
Some employees have no designated desks, leaving little space for personal belongings or accessibility accommodations, say critics. But the government says the change is meant to design workspaces around client department needs and allow for flexibility.
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but NDP and Liberal MPs say they're generally impressed by the government's response.
'We’ll do what’s necessary to come up with a good solution,' says newly minted Treasury Board President Jane Philpott. If talks drag on, PSAC says it could use the upcoming federal election as another way to press the Liberal government.
All three crash victims were bureaucrats: Judy Booth worked for the National Capital Commission, Bruce Thomlinson worked for the Canada Border Services Agency, and Anja Van Beek worked for the Treasury Board Secretariat.
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