Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans facing job cuts
Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary patrols the Fraser River during a Sockeye Salmon fishery Tuesday, August, 16, 2006.(Chuck Stoody / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, May 18, 2012 11:05AM ADT
Last Updated Monday, June 11, 2012 6:46PM ADT
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans seems to be the latest federal department feeling the effects of federal cutbacks.
The Fisheries Minister says about 400 jobs are being cut as part of efforts to save just over $79-million. The Public Service Alliance of Canada says more than a thousand workers received notices saying their jobs are in jeopardy.
The Coast Guard is especially hard hit with over 700 notices. There's also word the regional centre in Dartmouth is being shut-down.
The NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic says government is going the wrong way.
"We need to have safe coastal communities and that means investments, not cuts, in our Coast Guard," says Fin Donnelly.
According to PSAC, 98 Nova Scotians, 29 New Brunswickers and 13 Prince Edward Islanders got notices Thursday.
Four-hundred others at the department got the same letter back in December.
A federal spokeswoman says the notices are the first step and shouldn't be equated to job losses.