May 15, 1980 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

Henry Perrin Beatty

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Beatty:

Yesterday I quoted from a book written by the current President of the Treasury Board called "Fiscalamity". He was kind enough to send me this morning a copy of the revised version of his text which is entitled "How to Survive Canada's Tax Chaos, by Donald J. Johnston". On the front cover it says "Should be required for every Member of Parliament". The minister in his note to me recommended that I read the author's note, which I had the opportunity to do. I want to quote to the minister one sentence from page 9 which reads as follows:
The growing list of government "white elephants" that have consumed billions of taxpayers' dollars, the failure of government to establish and abide by accepted financial controls as illustrated by the recent revelations of the Auditor General, the unacceptable level of remuneration, perquisites and retirement benefits enjoyed by certain of our "civil servants" which are virtually unmatched in the private sector, and the seeming disregard for the people's priorities, have all contributed to an attitude of hostility towards governments at all levels.
May I ask the minister whether he feels that the phrase "the unacceptable level of remuneration, perquisites and retirement benefits enjoyed by certain of our 'civil servants' which are virtually unmatched in the private sector" describes the situation in the public service for which he is responsible?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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