Paul Dewar and Tony Clement on public service sick leave
Today, the Parliamentary Budget Office waded into the dispute over how many sick days federal public servants take. The PBO report says that in 2011-2012, public servants took an average of 11.5 paid sick days.
Last year Treasury Board president Tony Clement called the sick leave plan for bureaucrats archaic and outdated. Minister Clement said the average government worker takes 18.2 sick days a year. Today's PBO report says that figure is "to some extent inflated" because it includes time missed due to workplace injuries and unpaid sick leave.
In response, Minister Clement released a statement today. The first line reads: "I was pleased to see the Parliamentary Budget Officer's report validates our conclusions on public service absenteeism."
Meanwhile the NDP sent out a press release with this headline: "PBO debunks Conservative attacks on public service employees."
We were joined by both NDP MP Paul Dewar and Minister Tony Clement, for their takes on the numbers.