Comox Valley mostly spared from federal job cuts

The Comox Valley has been relatively spared from the federal government's latest cuts for public servants across Canada.

The Comox Valley has been relatively spared of the federal government’s latest cuts for public servants across Canada, who had been informed Monday that they could or will lose their jobs. About one dozen jobs could be cut from the Department of National Defence in Comox, noted Patrick Bragg, communications officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Overall, PSAC confirmed since the federal budget, 11,957 PSAC members in 31 departments received notices saying they could lose their jobs, with 812 affected members in B.C.The two departments with the largest members affected in the province are the Canada Border Services Agency at 136, and Parks Canada at 106.Bob Jackson, regional executive vice-president of PSAC, said in a statement on PSAC’s B.C. website PSAC is continuing their fight-back campaign against the cuts.”We want Canadians to see that PSAC is standing up for the public services they need and for a strong economy and we want Canadians to question the direction this government is taking the country in, and its credibility as a steward of the economy,” he noted.In March, the federal government announced it could cut 19,200 public service jobs over three years in an attempt to save $5.2 billion per year.