Both the Tories and the grits are guilty of allowing civil service numbers to explode. Lots of civil servants are retiring these days. They should not be relaced. We need to reduce the size of the bureacracy. Let's have a flat taxz and eliminate a lot more bureacrats. What are your suggestions?
This week, Statistics Canada released new numbers of public sector growth that showed that beginning in mid-2005, right before the Conservatives were elected, the growth in public sector jobs outpaced the growth of Canada’s population, after four years of lagging below the general population growth rate. And starting in 2008, that rate really began to soar, and it hasn’t stopped since. One of the biggest culprits in the last two years has undoubtedly been the Conservatives’ stimulus plan, notes Jack Mintz, the economist and chair of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.
Jim Flaherty, the federal finance minister, spent 2009 and 2010 assuring Canadians that his government, while spending $65 billion on the “Economic Action Plan,” remained prudent fiscal stewards. The stimulus, you see, was “temporary” and “short term.” After all those enormous wads of money had been spent, Canada would emerge economically in a “position of strength.”