One year after Phoenix fiasco

Oh, and don’t forget, the Liberal government paid the managers in charge of Phoenix tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses.

Should Canada vote the CVP into power, we will eliminate bonuses for all Government employees. Being employed with a good secure job needs to be bonus enough, not when you screw up as well.

One more thing we will do is make it illegal for loan companies to rob Canadians with loans like the one in this story of over 59%.


One year after Phoenix fiasco, public workers still struggle to make ends meet

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A B.C. family is struggling to pay for groceries and make rent payments one year after the federal government’s faulty Phoenix pay system left them without a reliable source of income.

Rubi Marin Morales was laid off in August 2016 from her public service job. She says that, due to a payroll error, she was prevented from collecting employment insurance.

To make ends meet, she and her husband, Alex Morgan, turned to a high-interest loan. But the hefty repayments have piled up and become more than the single-income family can handle.

“All I think about is these bills that keep piling up, and none of this would have happened had Phoenix not been implemented,” Marin Morales told CTV News.

Thousands of government workers like Martin Morales are still reporting problems with their salaries, benefits and pensions. The pay system, which was expected to save the government $78 million, has so far absorbed $400 million in efforts to fix it.

Officials haven’t confirmed precisely how many people were affected by the pay fiasco, but unions estimate that more than half of the public workforce has experienced problems.

The Senate plans to halt use of the beleaguered system and is researching potential replacements.

In a statement to CTV News, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough said: “The ongoing public service pay problems are completely unacceptable … We are committed to working collaboratively at all levels to resolve them as quickly as possible.”

Morgan said it’s been a tough time for the family, and the anxiety has affected their kids.

“Our whole life revolves around this and it has for the last year and a half,” he said.

It’s an experience Christiane Villeneuve can relate to. Anxiety and depression forced her to go on long-term disability from her government job three months ago.

But due to a Phoenix backlog, she has yet to receive any money from her insurance program.

Villeneuve has used up all her savings and, with little answers in sight, is now hoping to push back her mortgage payments.

All the while, her stress levels have peaked.

“I feel like my condition is getting worse instead of getting better,” she said.

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