An honourable profession
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.