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Conservatives don't have to cut public services to balance the budget — union

Alternatives should 'nurture sustainable economic development'.

Gordon suggests reigning in outsourcing costs, which have risen 79 percent under the Conservatives.OTTAWA, ON, October 18, 2011: Canadians are looking for a way forward that isn't about gutting the public service, said John Gordon, National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

"I've been travelling across the country talking to people who provide public services and the people who use them," Gordon told the Standing Committee on Finance at pre-budget consultations Tuesday.

"Canadians are worried about the impact that cuts are going to have on their families and communities and they want a way forward that is both good for the economy and protects the social services that define our country," he said.

  "Ordinary people should not be asked to bear the brunt of the burden and lose vital public services to satisfy a misguided quest to balance the books at all costs."

"If you are looking for ways to nurture sustainable economic recovery, then why are we cutting jobs in communities — your constituencies — that keep small and medium sized businesses open?" he asked committee members.

Gordon called on the finance committee to look for other cost saving measures and suggested the government start by reigning in outsourcing costs, which have risen 79 percent under the Conservatives.

While department budgets have been capped, the government is still spending $1 billion a year on outside consultants, another area of potential savings.

"Ordinary people should not be asked to bear the brunt of the burden and lose vital public services in order to satisfy a misguided quest to balance the books at all costs," he said. "There are alternatives."

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  John Gordon calls for a new choice for Canadians at finance committee

Posted: October 24, 2011

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