An hon­ourable pro­fes­sion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor,

I am writ­ing to lend sup­port to the be­lea­guered fed­eral civil ser­vants in our coun­try.

As a re­tired civil ser­vant af­ter 30 years’ ser­vice (now able to speak out!), and the son of a civil ser­vant with 40 years’ ser­vice, I feel well qual­i­fied to write th­ese words. The cam­paign of dis­dain and ne­glect that the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment is show­ing for all of its em­ploy­ees is com­pletely rep­re­hen­si­ble and mis­lead­ing.

No­body will ar­gue that gov­ern­ments at all lev­els stand to be re­duced in terms of ex­pen­di­tures, and some­times even staff, pe­ri­od­i­cally.

This govern­ment, how­ever, has sunk to unimag­in­able depths in its cam­paign to gut govern­ment ser­vices and es­sen­tially bully those who are not al­lowed to de­fend or speak for them­selves.

This cam­paign of den­i­gra­tion is un­prece­dented.

Per­haps the most frus­trat­ing as­pect of all of this is that the Con­ser­va­tive cam­paign feeds the per­cep­tions of the ig­no­rant and mis­in­formed amongst the pub­lic, es­pe­cially those in the busi­ness com­mu­nity, both large and small.

This lat­ter group moans about pen­sions and ben­e­fits, etc., af­forded to govern­ment em­ploy­ees but con­ve­niently ne­glects to ref­er­ence the fact that govern­ment em­ploy­ees can­not award them­selves bonuses or reap the ben­e­fits of charg­ing ex­or­bi­tant prof­its.

To be a civil ser­vant is an hon­ourable and re­spectable pro­fes­sion in any civ­i­lized so­ci­ety and the func­tions they per­form, both reg­u­la­tory and oth­er­wise, are very im­por­tant.

In­deed, one does not have to look very far to see other ju­ris­dic­tions that are not able to de­rive the same ben­e­fits from the strong and dy­namic civil ser­vice that Cana­di­ans have had, at least un­til now.

So to my for­mer col­leagues, who are fac­ing dark and trou­bled times, take heart; th­ese Con­ser­va­tive and ide­al­is­tic big busi­ness toad­ies will soon be turned out of of­fice, as they so richly de­serve to be! — Marvin Barnes writes from St. John’s.

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