Public service professionals unite to defend public safety
from the Professional Institute of the the Public Service of Canada
OTTAWA, March 22, 2012 — On the eve of the upcoming federal budget, a coalition of six unions representing Canada's federal public service professionals has launched a major social media-based campaign to stop the government from undermining programs and services that keep Canadians safe.
The member unions of the "Professionals Serving Canadians" coalition represent more than 75,000 scientists, engineers, pilots, medical professionals, economists, lawyers, IT specialists, auditors and financial officers, as well as many other professionals working at federal departments and agencies.
"Public service professionals are passionately committed to keeping Canadians, communities and the environment safe and secure," said Gary Corbett on behalf of the coalition. "Cutting programs and services, as anticipated in the upcoming federal budget, will negatively impact the safety and security of Canadians and harm the prosperity of communities across the country."
The "Professionals Serving Canadians" campaign will help build a vibrant network of Canadians from coast to coast who are committed to defending the public programs and services that keep their communities safe.
You can modify and send the letter below to your MP at the link below.
“Public service professionals are passionately committed to keeping Canadians, communities and the environment safe and secure.”
Dear [[MP name]],
I am writing today because I believe the recently announced cuts to the professional public service of Canada must stop immediately.
Canadians expect a secure and safe country. We know, however, that we can't have the country we want without the experts and professionals who make it that way. Some things are worth paying for. I believe the professionals serving Canadians are among those things.
There is also ample evidence that cuts during a period of recession is bad economic policy. The ratings agency Moody's recently stated that severe cuts would actually hamper our country's economic recovery.
Why would we risk the fragile recovery of our economy by getting rid of the professionals we need for our safety and security?
Please, make the changes necessary to halt these cuts.
Yours truly, etc
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