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Second-language Training for Public Servants

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Statement made on 06 March 2012 by Senator Maria Chaput

Hon. Maria Chaput:

Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

On January 12, the federal government announced the elimination of 190 second-language teaching positions at the Canada School of Public Service. The federal government's intention, from what we have learned, is to provide language training to public servants using private-sector services, since this would be more cost effective.

On February 2, I asked you a question in that regard and you assured me that language training remains a priority for your government, that language training would continue and that there would be no interruptions. Thank you for that response.

Since then, it seems that an internal audit report from the School of Public Service demonstrates that the privatization of second-language training is a bad decision, economically speaking.

My question is this: Does the Canada School of Public Service have such a report?

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