Curators, scientists lose jobs in public service cuts
Published Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:09PM EDT
There's word of job cuts in the public service, just days before the Conservative government delivers its budget outlining its plan to get rid of the federal deficit.
Five curators at the National Gallery of Canada were told Wednesday that their jobs will be eliminated as part of an effort to cut costs.
Officials say it's the largest single cut of curators at the gallery in four decades. Last March, 27 other positions were eliminated through attrition.
At Environment Canada, about 50 short-term employees, including scientists and scientific support staff, will lose their jobs by the end of the month. The job cuts there don't affect any permanent employees.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will deliver the government's new budget next week, and it's expected to look much like the one tabled in March.
That budget, which was derailed by the election call, asked for a review of spending at all government departments and $11 billion in cuts over the next four years.
Although the last budget didn't pass, the Conservatives will be able to use their majority government to push this budget through.