Federal budget cuts may hit home here

Federal employees are expected to learn next week if they will remain on the government payroll.

Public servants in all federal department will be receiving letters telling them if and when they may be laid off in the wake of the federal budget handed down by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on Thursday.

Parks Canada received a $6 million whack for this year, followed by a $19.7 million cut in 2013-2014 and $29.2 million in cuts in 2014-2015.

MP David Wilks said the Conservative government wants to cut 19,000 from the public service over the next three years. The government plans to lay off 12,000 of its roughly 400,000 civil service workers while another 7,200 positions would be eliminated largely through attrition – retirements and job vacancies.

“I expect Parks Canada will achieve that through streamlining and eliminating redundancies,” he said.

It is as yet unknown how the budget might affect the Trans-Canada Highway but Wilks is hopeful that improvements to the TCH will continue to be funded.