Mr. Speaker, it was reported in the media Tuesday that the minister of supply and services has struck a committee of bureaucrats to find ways of moving supply and services jobs from Ottawa to Atlantic Canada.
I strongly disagree with the study and any decision to move public servants from the national capital region.
At the present time 31.7 per cent of federal public servants work in the national capital region, whereas in each province and territory the number is proportionate to population.
The minister has no intention of either pursuing Tory practices or, even worse, applying the Reform Party's right wing agenda vis-à-vis the public service. He informed me today that the study is just that, a study. I am confident that we will treat any suggestion of transferring public servants out of the capital as an ill advised, bad public policy.