"The fact remains, however that like other federal departments and agencies, since 2010 the Commission has had to meet rising costs, including salary increases negotiated through collective bargaining, without a corresponding increase in operational funding.
"Beginning next year, we will be facing a shortfall of approximately $1.2 million. We have sought to address this in several ways. An efficiency review has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
"Sadly, despite these efforts, I have been obliged to notify the Treasury Board and union leaders of the need for a workforce adjustment. Today, 25 highly valued members of our staff will receive affected letters.
I am sad that families have to suffer due to this layoff. I hope the affected employees find useful jobs.
But I'm very happy that this oppressive government agency is losing manpower.
I find it deliciously ironic that it was union negotiations that led to this.