Things keep going from bad to worse for the Trudeau government in August, 2018. In a month that has seen Trudeau’s government frozen out of vital NAFTA talks, having its diplomatic ties completely severed from Saudi Arabia as well as the revelation that it had failed to deliver the tax reforms it had promised, it will now be forced to publicly admit the failure of the disastrous Phoenix Pay System.
The federal government had introduced it hoping to make it easy for itself to pay its own employees. However, the move was a categorical disaster.
Following the liberal policy to first test out its new policies on the civil servants as well as the unions before imposing them on the public, the government has had to resort to the private sector to deliver a worthy alternative.
The Treasury Board Secretariat made the announcement saying that the system would need to be replaced as soon as possible in Phoenix.
The statement also expressed apologies to the civil servants that had been left without pay for several months. It apologized for the errors and assumed for responsibly while also promising a better alternative in the not so distant future.
The most glaring part about this entire episode is the fact that the Trudeau government has had to include a $16 million dedicated specifically to finding a suitable alternative to the whole flawed system.
There are federal employees that find themselves, underpaid, overpaid and in some cases not paid at all because of the system that has been exposed for its terrible deficiencies.
The plan was introduced with a promise to reduce the overall taxpayer money but it looks set to cost the taxpayers a lot more than the $1 billion initially expected.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.