Union of National Defense Employees President John MacLennan expressed concern that political parties are accessing departmental email addresses.
“If the situation had been reversed and this was a public servant accessing the government’s email addresses to contact other employees on behalf of a political party, then there would be severe consequences, up to and including dismissal,” he said.
The link to the survey leads these recipients to a survey site which shows off pictures of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and advertises the Economic Action Plan. The survey goes on to ask them who they will vote for in the next election which clearly shows a conflict of interest situation and one of intimidation by employees who may not vote Conservative but fear they may lose their job because of it.
“Look at the jobs skills part of the budget,” he said. “I mean, this is such an important part of the budget. The number one issue in Canada today, right across the country, is employers … looking for properly trained people and people look to be properly trained so they can match the jobs.
“In terms of advertising, Canadians are entitled to know what their government in up to,” Flaherty said.