An excellent editorial in the NP. I have a few suggestions for HM Government. No new hiring in the civil service, all 25% cut of civil service by attrition, cut all advocacy funding, eliminate the SOW, eliminate corporate welfare... Those are a few of my cuts. What cuts would you make?
Last week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty declared a long-awaited war on government largesse. "We have to stay on track to balance the budget in the medium term. And that requires some decisions. I'm consulting with my colleagues here and discouraging new spending." In the spirit of the season, he added, "It means that not every wish gets fulfilled. I'm not Santa Claus. I'm, at best, a mere elf."
Well, it's about time government shrunk its spending, if not its ministers. In their first two years in office, the Tories increased spending by 14.8%. Then the recession hit, and the Conservatives posted the biggest federal deficit in Canadian history: $55.6-billion in the fiscal year that ended in March. The government estimates it will bleed red ink until 2016, by which point the national debt will have grown to $628-billion.
This has naturally angered many Conservative voters, who for the past two elections thought they were electing a government that would spend, well, conservatively.