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Tony Clement's mission to overhaul the public service

Statistically, thousands of public service employees are calling in sick. It is precisely those kinds of numbers that give credence to the President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement in Ottawa's stated goal of bringing the public sector in line with private sector workers. Today, we're asking for details on changes Tony Clement is in the process of implementing....
Statistically, thousands of public service employees are calling in sick. It is precisely those kinds of numbers that give credence to the President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement in Ottawa's stated goal of bringing the public sector in line with private sector workers. Today, we're asking for details on changes Tony Clement is in the process of implementing.



President of the Treasury Board of Canada, Tony Clement

"I think there's been too many cases that we've heard about where you might be working and be very dedicated and want to do a good job and then sitting right next to you at the work station next to you is somebody who's trolling the internet for 7 or 8 hours a day, not doing their job. And it affects the morale of of the public servant who actually wants to work hard. So it's about high time we started to change the culture of the place and this is one of the ways I want to do that". President of the Treasury Board of Canada, Tony Clement

Tony Clement hopes to bring the public sector in line with the private. As President of the Treasury Board of Canada, he has been anything but coy about his plans to transform the federal public service ... focussing on pensions, voluntary severance and now sick leave.

All this at a time when his party, the Conservative Party of Canada, faces questions about its own behaviour. To talk about the implications of what he calls "modernization," Tony Clement joined us in our Toronto studio.


This segment was produced by The Current's Vanessa Greco.

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