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Federal job losses higher than advertised: report

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OTTAWA -- A new analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the federal government has misrepresented cuts to the public service and predicts there will be more job losses than advertised, with most in areas that impact public services.

The CCPA, a left-leaning Ottawa think-tank, said once all the numbers are in, the federal government will have eliminated almost 29,000 jobs and not the 19,200 announced in the March 2012 budget.

And judging from department employment estimates, most come from front-line operations and not administrative services as the government has claimed, the report said.

"Cuts within large federal departments are not coming from the 'back office,' " said researcher David Macdonald, a senior economist with the think-tank.

"Most of the job cuts in big departments are coming from programs that deliver services to Canadians."

"A spokesman for Treasury Board President Tony Clement disputed the CCPA report.

"This report is inaccurate and purposefully misleading. The job numbers cited in the report include temporary and term positions, which by their nature are not permanent," Matthew Conway, Clement's press secretary, said in an email.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 9, 2013 A7

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