A pair of NDP MP’s from Saskatchewan are calling on the federal public service minister to put her money where her mouth is, and defer her own salary until the Phoenix fiasco is fixed.
Labour critic Shari Benson, who represents Saskatoon West, says in solidarity with the employees who are not being paid, Judy Foote should defer her own salary until this debacle is finally fixed in a gesture that would signal that the Minister does indeed take this problem seriously.
Public Services critic and Regina Lewvan MP Erin Weir is also throwing his two cents in saying Foote said back in September she was confident the October 31st deadline to fix Phoenix was realistic, and that her department reassured her that it would be met. He says it’s now December 14, and the government still hasn’t provided a timeline to resolve the remaining 10,000 cases. Like Benson, Weir says Foote must prove that she takes this issue seriously, and defer her own salary until this Phoenix fiasco is fixed.
Both Benson and Weir say that in a few days, Members of Parliament will head home to their ridings and spend the holidays with their families and friends, but families who are affected by Phoenix have to look forward to more bills that they cannot pay, and more financial headaches down the road with inaccurate T-4s and tax assessments.