August 16, 2022

The Queens County Citizen

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Quebec Public Service: More Bureaucrats, Fewer Employees

Between 2017 and 2021, Quebec recorded a total increase of 14.5% in public employees. As of March 2021, Quebec had 61,271 full-time employees, including casual workers, students and interns.

However, this increase is not uniform. Although there was an increase in the number of employees in senior management, executives and government professionals, the number of employees in all other job categories decreased.

Salary and Surcharge

Christian Daigle, general president of the Union of Public and Parapublic Services of Quebec, believes that salaries and work overload are the reasons for the exodus of union employees.

We just signed a collective agreement, but that hasn’t prevented us from getting a pay rise for the last three years. This caused many to leave and other people to refuse to take these positions.He believes.

SFPQ General President, Christian Daigle

Photo: Radio-Canada

Christian Daigle represents technicians, office workers and workers in the public service. According to him, these exits will result in loss of services to the population, especially outside the big cities.

He mentioned it as an example Sûreté du Québec call management centresThere is a shortage of staff here.

The government is also not interested in filling those positions. »

A quote from Christian Daigle, General President of the Union of Public and Parapublic Employees of Quebec

During the last election campaign, François Legault said he wanted to Eliminate 5,000 positions in public and parapublic service. He estimated the annual savings to the state would be $380 million.

More civil servants in the regions?

The CAQ government also wants to transfer 5,000 civil servant positions to regions in the province by 2028.

It was the CAQ’s election promise that raised concerns In the Greater Quebec region. Instead of decreasing, the proportion of Quebec civil servants in the Capitale-National increased from 49.1% to 49.9% four years later.


Capital-National is the area where the proportion of civil servants has increased the most.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Raymond Routhier

Ironically, it is the administrative area that has seen the greatest growth. Second place? Montreal, another large urban centre, saw a 0.4% increase in the proportion of Quebec civil servants living there, from 19.3% to 19.7%.

In Chaudière-Appalaches, the ratio decreased slightly from 2.5% to 2.2% over four years.

In February 2022, the CAQ stated that the government intends to transfer 2,000 civil servants to the regions by next September.

In collaboration with Alain Rochefort

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