Tracey calls on the government to fix this shameful Pheonix debacle
December 12th, 2017 - 4:52pm
Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, in Essex, my office has been busy trying to help the many people who have not been paid because of the Phoenix pay system debacle. In one case, an employee was hired in 2015, has worked so hard for the government that she has been promoted twice. Not only does she have more responsibility and a heavier workload, she has not been properly compensated in over two years, and is owed over $12,000 in back pay. It is disgraceful. Liberals keep telling my office that the case is under third-party escalation, but there have been no changes and absolutely no help for this woman.
When will this minister stop blaming Conservatives and fix this shameful mess that the Liberals have made?
Hon. Carla Qualtrough (Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, we are completely committed to resolving Phoenix, and fixing this is my number one priority. Make no mistake, this was mishandled from the beginning when it was treated like a cost-cutting measure instead of the complex business transformation initiative that it should have been treated as. We are getting to the bottom of the technological, governance, and policy mishaps that happened because of the decisions made by the previous government, and I can assure everyone that we are on top of this.