Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):
Mr. Speaker, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to be able to take a few moments to speak on Bill C-339 this morning.
There is a perception in the public mind's eye that we are talking today about something that has become part of a system that somehow or another is abusive.
It behoves all of us to speak in defence of senior public servants who have been the recipients of performance pay since 1981, if indeed their performance warranted, to clear up the notion that what we are talking about is not just another Christmas bonus a government has decided to reward its senior managers with.
We have a system whereby senior executives are rewarded much the same as they would be if they were involved in the private sector. It is important that we have the opportunity to attract people who are competent and capable of performing jobs which are vital to the country. We need those who are as interested in becoming public servants as they would be interested in the private sector.
I have hardly begun and my time is already up. I am sorry that I do not have more time to deal with this very important topic, but suffice to say in closing we are fortunate indeed to have senior public servants in place who are professional at their jobs. It is the compensation package in place that in part attracts them to the jobs.
Subtopic: PUBLIC SECTOR BONUSES ACT