Senior federal civil servants can take more than a quarter of their working days off.

That’s what Philip Cross concludes in his report for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

He finds that federal employees are calling in sick more often than their private-sector counterparts – and the gap is growing larger with each passing year.

The total number of leave days available to federal workers is staggering. Cross finds that a federal employee with 30 years of experience – when you factor in vacation, sick days and other forms of leave – can take 26 per cent of his or her working days off each year.

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