Unfortunately, this government and many previous governments have spent years successfully vilifying the public service so I am afraid that a large minority of public opinion will side with Clement on this. He has successfully driven a wedge between public servants that I know to be motivated by public interest and some members of the public that they serve.
It’s funny that when the politicians abuse their travel expenses, controls get put on public service travel. Politicians get involved in partisan advertising, and public servants get subjected to advertising controls. Politicians make poor decisions about policy and the public service gets a black eye for not being able to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
I am sick of small-minded little men like Clement taking out their anger on the public service. I have worked with some extremely dedicated public servants that display no “feeling of entitlement”. They go into the office every day and work hard trying to support their government and provide the best service to the public in a toxic environment with shrinking budgets. These people stay out of the political fray and try their hardest to provide good advice on public policy, which is often ignored because it does not align with the dogma of the party that is in power.
I know that many Canadians have no access to paid sick leave, and that makes me very sad, but rather than trying to drag down those who do, why not fight for the same access to health leave for everyone. The money is there in the economy (you just have to look at the profit figures for big business and the compensation packages for executives), it is just not being shared. The economy exists to support the aspirations of society, not the other way around. When the economy fails to provide citizens with stable, reasonably compensated jobs that give them the hope of be able to contribute meaningfully to society, it has stopped doing its job and it is time for a change.
Let’s not let people sow fear and discord for political benefit. Let us, rather, look for a future when we pull together to maintain this wonderful country that we have built-up with sweat, toil and good planning.