Treasury Board President Stockwell Day this morning announced 265 government-in-council positions are being eliminated to save money and "operate with maximum efficiency."
According to Day 90 per cent of those positions are already vacant. That includes six assistant commissioners at the Canadian Grain Commission. The last time any of those positions were occupied was 2008.
A CGC spokesman said their functions have already been absorbed by others at the commission.
One has to wonder how eliminating positions that have been empty for nearly two years saves any money . . .
But one also has to wonder how efficient government is operating when four phone calls and emails later I still haven’t been able to get an answer about the 15 positions on the advisory committee of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Commission, all of which are being eliminated.
I called FCM first and was told they had been instructed to direct calls to communications officer at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg.
He directed me to call Day’s spokeswoman in Ottawa. She just called back moments ago to tell me she couldn’t possibly answer specific questions about all 245 positions and that I should contact the department directly.
Been there, done that already.
Finally it appears a spokesperson in Fisheries Minister Gail Shea’s office may be able to answer my questions. His response to my email was rapid and I remain hopeful.
But this announcement so far isn’t demonstrating government efficiency in the least.
Update: True to his quick response to my first e-mail. John Morris from Gail Shea’s office already called back. He informed me that the positions at the FFCM advisory committee have never been filled. He also apologized for the runaround even though it wasn’t his fault. That was probably the most efficient thing about this whole process.