The Feds are Comin’! – nope

Exactly a year ago (Feb 14), I wrote a blog about the Federal government’s plans to expand its own operations outside of Ottawa. This was proposed as a way to ‘spread around’ government work to areas of the country that really need the economic growth. It sounded reasonable – after all – the Federal government is by far the largest employer in Canada. We want our large corporations to ‘spread it around’ but not the government.

Anyway, the new guys have a different view:

Treasury Board President John Baird says one of his top priorities is to stop federal government jobs leaking out of the city to other regions.

Mr. Baird told the Citizen this week that he had “huge concerns” about the Liberal practice of relocating jobs to court favour and win votes. He promised, much to the delight of city politicians and union leaders, to try to reverse the trend and preserve jobs in the region.

….then-public works minister Scott Brison talked openly about moving more jobs out of Ottawa because the national capital region has no special claim on government jobs. He acknowledged at the time that one possible candidate, the Gatineau-based Translation Bureau, could move to a new home in Moncton, N.B., with about 1,000 jobs.

1,000 federal government jobs. Average salary of $45,000. Best benefit and pension plan in the country. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Maybe Scott Brison would make a good PM after all.

Second thoughts?

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0 Responses to The Feds are Comin’! – nope

  1. David Campbell says:

    PS – wouldn’t it be neat if the Moncton Times & Transcript would actually put forward a ‘counterpoint’ to this story? The TJ wrote a piece…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Weren’t conservatives all about decentralizing the federal government? Is this yet another conservative backpedal?

  3. scott says:

    David;

    I completely agree with your analysis. If you look at my blogroll on the right(which you are on), there is a link to a person I know called Woody. He is a native son of Moncton, a talkshow host; as well, he was John Baird’s campaign manager in Ottawa West- Nepean.

    He will be getting a phone call from me about Baird upholding the status quo as well as continuing with the discriminatory hiring practices. Not to mention what you spoke of with regards to government presence being moved out of the capital.

    This is plain wrong. Period. Harper best live up to his word on this one.

  4. David Campbell says:

    Scott, go get ’em tiger. I remember when Premier Lord got elected a senior bureaucrat in the NB civil service told me that they would be ‘circling the wagons’ around the Premier and eventually he would ‘fall in line’. I can just imagine that John Baird has been deluged with calls/meetings with CUPE and the bureaucracy convincing him that decentralization of federal government jobs is a bonehead idea. But, Mr. Baird needs to realize that his government is the largest employer in Canada – by far – and that if they expect private sector firms to invest in places like NB, PEI, Saskatchewan, etc. they had better lead by example.

  5. scott says:

    Judging by the hits on my blog from the Treasury Board(gc.ca), they noticed.

    I think that I may take this one to the streets.(i.e. letter to the editor with email and petition attached)

    As for the comparison to the senior bureaucrat, I’ll take that as a …

    …well, compliment.