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Public service in the region: few gains on the North Shore

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The North Shore gained 73 people in office, but lost 59 since 2018. (Archive photo)

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Despite the efforts of the provincial government to regionalize positions in the public service, the North Shore has lost around sixty players since 2018.

The Treasury Board Secretariat has published the updated positions of public service workers who have been transferred to the regions. As of September 30, the North Shore gained 73 positions but lost 59, bringing the net gain to 14 provincial civil servants since 2018.

We do not see that there is an increase, on the contrary, there is a decrease.

A quote from Céline Bonneau, President of the Public and Parapublic Service Union for Eastern Quebec

Comparing with 2018, the biggest gains that have been made in the region are on the side of the Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity, i.e. 15 more people, and 6 people at the Sûreté du Québec.

Conversely, we observe a decrease of 20 people at Hydro-Québec, of 19 at the Ministry of Public Security, and of 9 at the Ministry of Transport.

This public service regionalization plan aims to offer better public services to Quebecers, regardless of where they are located in the territory.

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The government had promised that the regionalization of these jobs would be done as a priority in the MRCs with the lowest economic vitality index, as is the case of the North Shore.

The president of the Public and Parapublic Service Union for Eastern Quebec, Céline Bonneau, deplores the ranking of the North Shore, which finds itself penultimate, in front of Nord-du-Québec.

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“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.

According to information from Camille Lacroix

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