Liberal MP says taxpayers are able to bear the cost of public sector raises

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Liberal MP and President of the Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos said Canadians are capable of footing the cost of salary increases for public sector employees. Duclos made the comments during the House of Commons Committee on Government Operations and Estimates meeting Wednesday night. At the time, the committee was discussing the federal government settlement with Canada’s largest federal public service union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Earlier this year, the Liberals gave public sector employees a retroactive 2.8% raise for 2018, an additional 2.2% increase for 2019 and a 1.35% raise for this year.

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