PEI

Finley served fake notice in Charlottetown

Diane Finley received a fake notice Thursday in Charlottetown informing her that her services as an MP are no longer needed.

Diane Finley received a fake notice Thursday in Charlottetown informing her that her services as an MP are no longer needed.

The letter said the Human Resources Minister has been identified as an affected employee and her services as an MP may no longer be required due to "reckless cuts to public services."

Donna MacDonald, the national vice-president for the Canada Employment and Immigration Union, delivered the notice to the minister at the Charlottetown airport. She said she received a letter about her own federal job.

"I felt that because all of my members were getting affected notices it would be only fair to give her one," she said. " I honestly feel I have to do something. I just can't sit back and take this knowing what they are doing to public services, knowing what they are doing to Islanders, Canadians, with all these cuts to the public service," .

"It's very unfortunate, but the public won't realize it until we are no longer there doing the work."

MacDonald said she feels strongly that the minister knows how Ottawa's decisions affect Islanders.

Wednesday marked the fourth wave of federal job cuts. Hundreds of federal workers from several government departments were affected.

MacDonald said 50 employees from Finley's department received affected notices this week in P.E.I.

In its March budget, the federal government said 19,200 public service sector positions would be cut over the next three years in an effort to save $5.2 billion.

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