Truth Requires Inquiry

March 06, 2012 The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) represents public service employees who apply to their work all the rigor and objectivity required of scientific enquiry. One of the fundamental principles of the rigors of science is disclosure of methodology and definitions for the purpose of allowing other scientists to judge whether data generated by research is reliable. CAPE has made available to the press and the public the methodological principles on which its data is constructed. CAPE has also identified the tool used to generate the data which allows the interested reader to consult the owners of the tool, Statistics Canada. The data generated and distributed by CAPE quantifies a warning coming from Moody and Fitch that cuts to the federal budget will not only affect the public service but also the private sector, negatively. This may be an uncomfortable truth. But it is a truth that requires inquiry. It is unfortunate that the Citizen’s editorial of March 1st simply attacks CAPE, economists and public service employees. It is not clear how this serves to inform the debate.
Truth Requires Inquiry
Claude Poirier
President
Canadian Association of Professional Employees