It is time Canada took a good, long look at public sector jobs and asked some long overdue questions. Why do they get paid so much? Why they can take so many paid holidays? Why they deserve such generous pensions and benefits compared to those in the private sector?
The C.D. Howe Institute recently came out with a shadow budget that suggests Canada could eliminate our massive deficit in under four years with cuts to the public sector. Wow.
Another observation made was that Canada’s population increased by just 11 per cent in the last 10 years but public service jobs increased by 35 per cent with average pay cheques ballooning from $67,000 to $94,000.
All of that with little oversight, self-paced performance and job security for life with early retirement golden handshakes by the score. To add insult to injury, many people agree that their forced dealings with many government agencies is sub par at best.
I mean seriously people, we need to wake up and hold runaway government spending accountable. Let’s demand fairness between the public and private sectors.
Government employees’ wages and pensions need to be rolled back immediately.
Janet Chambers, North Okanagan