B.C. plans major cuts to public service

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/30/2001

It will be one of the largest public-service cuts in Canadian history. British Columbia’s Premier Gordon Campbell made the announcement, late last month, that the Liberal government plans to cut as many as 11,550 civil servant jobs over the next three years.

That’s a 23 to 33 per cent range of reductions, eliminating one-third of B.C.’s government sector.

“British Columbia (already) has the second leanest public service in Canada,” said Mark Leier, director of the Centre for Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University. He views the downsizing as an ideological move against public services rather than what is best for the citizens of the province.