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Cuts, cuts, more cuts

Tony Clement and Stephen Harper offer a preview of the reforms the Conservatives have in store


 

The winds of change are blowing from the chambers of power in Ottawa, carrying the call for austerity to all corners of the country.

Speaking Thursday, Treasury Board President Tony Clement announced the Conservative government is planning to introduce deeper spending cuts than the ones detailed in the 2011 budget, when a 5 per cent program spending cut was touted as a means to shave $4 billion a year from the federal budget. Now, Clement says the Tories are aiming for as much as double that target.

“I have led a cabinet committee to review the plans of federal departments and agencies to achieve savings of between 5 and 10 per cent in their program budgets; in other words, reductions of anywhere between $4 and $8 billion,” said Clement.

Meanwhile, a hop skip and a jump away in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was outlining his visions for the Canadian future. And it was a future of skinnier government programs and the accommodation of business interests. Citing the demographic realities of the country—an aging population expected to strain the public purse with social security and old age pensions—Harper told the gathering that Canada will reform its pension system to cut costs.

“In the months to come, our government will undertake major transformations to position Canada for growth over the next generation,” the CBC quoted him as saying on Thursday.

With its major campaign promises out of the way and passed by Parliament last year—scrapping the long gun registry, instituting mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent crimes, and dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board—the Conservatives appear intent on forging ahead with a wholesale re-tooling of the way the government spends money. And with their coveted majority in Parliament, not to mention an Opposition in disarray, who’s going to stop them?

The Globe and Mail

CBC News


 
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  2. Actually Turd the ‘government’ just got bigger adding how many seats? It’s the government spending on programs that is about to shrink.
     
    And now harper is going to rob the pension program citizens have paid into throughout their lives to provide more money for the ‘accommodation of business interests’. Way to go stevo, ruin 50 years of planning for an entire countries population in one term of government.

    I wonder where Mr Clement was when the budgets for the G8 and the G20 created such a feeding frenzy in the conservative party?

    I wonder if the people that voted for this horrible person realize yet their pensions will be destroyed as well? Their health care system will be torn down too?

    After all unrestrained capitalism has worked out so well in the USA stevo wants Canada converted to it right away, I wonder when Canada will see change in the banking system?

    I can almost hear the capitalist wolves filing their teeth already.

      • I can’t say I am sure what you are referring to hoser, I was responding to Turd’s comment of ‘smaller government’. It isn’t smaller, it is larger, and then I stated the reductions were in reference to government spending on programs. “I have led a cabinet committee to review the plans of federal
        departments and agencies to achieve savings of between 5 and 10 per cent
        in their program budgets…” as per this quote.

        ???

  3. “In the months to come, our government will undertake major
    transformations to position Canada for growth over the next generation.”

    In the direction Harper plans to have it go, not where we think it should go.  He knows exactly who’s buttering his bread and on which side.  He knows exactly what to say and what to not say when; this is why he usually gets off without a scratch when things unravel.  And he will not have to worry about his position for at least the next seven years.

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