“If we have fewer government employees, citizens pay the price,” thinks Céline Bonneau, regional representative of the Quebec Public and Parapublic Service Union. (Archive photo)
On the Côte-Nord territory, we are only talking about 0.3% of all 4,489 positions [ in Quebec], she says. We are not seeing an increase in our workforce in our region: the Treasury Board provides regionalized positions, but the people are not in our region.
If some feared, at one time, that these posts would attract more people than the cities could accommodate, that is ultimately not what happened.
Indeed, teleworking even allows civil servants to offer services in the regions from major centers.