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As a result of the Harmonized Sales Tax agreement with the
federal government, 31 Provincial Tax Commission employees will
begin new careers with Revenue Canada in April.

Shortly after the initial Harmonized Sales Tax agreement was
signed, Provincial Tax Commission employees were invited to
declare their interest in transferring to Revenue Canada. Those
who did attended sessions in which the federal department
outlined what it was offering and the associated timetable. They
were also given the option of having individual discussions with
representatives from Revenue Canada, the Tax Commission and Human
Resources professionals.

Over the next four years, Revenue Canada will employ 70 people
from the Provincial Tax Commission. The first 31 from Nova Scotia
received letters of offer yesterday and have 14 days in which to
accept or reject the offer.

"Protecting jobs for our employees is a high priority. All of our
negotiations and interaction with staff were accompanied by
frequent and in-depth consultations with the Nova Scotia
Government Employees Union," said Business and Consumer Services
Minister Sandy Jolly. "Situations like this, in which there is a
major change in government policy yet no jobs are lost, are

"We are confident that the employees who are leaving our
department have made an informed choice," said Minister Jolly.
"They have been provided with their options and given every
opportunity to get information so they could make the decision
that is right for them. They were also provided with expert
advice regarding pension transfer."

The province has negotiated with Revenue Canada to ensure the
federal department will recognize earned but unused vacation and
sick leave credits of provincial employees and will recognize
years of provincial employment as continuous employment in the
federal public service for the purposes of special leave
arrangements such as maternity leave allowance. In addition,
provincial employees hired by Revenue Canada will be given the
opportunity to transfer their pension credits.

Because of the injection of staff from the three provinces,
Revenue Canada will be able to double its efforts on underground
economy initiatives.

"We see the harmonization agreement as an opportunity to devote
more resources to responding to the underground economy," said
Roy Jamieson, director of communications for Revenue Canada in
Halifax. "We are now in the process of developing strategies to
do so."


Contact: David MacNeil  902-424-2933

trp                       Mar. 27, 1997 - 2:05 p.m.