Feds expect to cut spending by $10 billion in 2011

March 22 budget to phase out stimulus spending


Ottawa will spend $10 billion less this year than in 2010, according to government documents tabled at the House of Commons on Tuesday, with $7 billion of the savings coming from the end of the Economic Action Plan. Among the departments that will get a budget increase, National Defence will get an extra $191.8 million, Justice can count on an additional $25.3million, Canada Border Services pockets $227 million more than last year, and Correctional Services gets a 21.2 per cent increase to pay for more prisons and guards. At the same time, spending on public safety will be cut by $26 million, as some crime prevention programs come to an end, while environment and resource-based programs will be cut by $1.6 billion. Environment Minsiter Peter Kent said these spending estimates could still be adjusted when federal budget is tabled on March 22.

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Feds expect to cut spending by $10 billion in 2011

  1. Of course they are. After all, they can't show how tough they are on crime if we prevent it from happening in the first place. Surely we can see how that is unfair to them.

  2. They should save another billion and get rid of the CBC.

    • I always ask when people say this, do you mean all of the CBC-SRC, or just the TV? I'll buy the argument that CBC-SRC TV programming aren't providing much more than is available commercially (althought they could/should be), but there is no (and would be no) comparison from commercial radio for the quality and reach of Radio 1 and 2, Radio Canada and Espace Musique, and there is no competition for value of the content provides to Canadians, in both languages, pretty much from coast to coast to coast.

      • i wouldnt mind to see all of it gone. i dont understand why taxes should subsidize a media company. and i would apply this thinking across the board, removing all subsidies to Rogers (parent company of macleans) and everyone else.

        • taxes should subsidize public radio because nobody is — or would be — providing the content that CBC radio does, especially in smaller markets, but (and this is how bad Canadian commercial radio is) even in the larger markets*. Playing great and unknown Canadian artists, telling stories about us (hi Stuart McLean!), producing the best damned current affairs show anywhere (As It Happens), a show called "Ideas," broadcasting French-language programming where there are only a few francophones and people who want to practice/keep up their French and ditto for English-language programming elsewhere in the Country, delivering vital up-to-date weather and market information in isolated areas… the market isn't — and won't be — providing these services from Coast to Coast to Coast.
          Sure, there are counter-examples, Randy's Vinyl Tap could get produced on commercial radio, and Ross Porter moved his jazz show to a commercial station in Toronto, but I think most of the programming fits the definition of a public good.
          * I live in a region of over a million people, and without the CBC, the only Canadian music made after the 1980s that you can hear is Nickleback and not much else.

          • CBC should be eliminated entirely, even the current affairs shows to which you refer are predictable and boring – which can be very comforting to people that like to hear others share their prejudice – but the guests they have on these shows are all carbon-copies from the Universities of thought, they never say anything new. Let's be honest, the CBC is a mouthpiece for the corrupt Liberals and they'll often throw a bone to socialists that are even further left, but they ignore rational adults.

            Satellite and internet radio has long since overtaken the need for CBC broadcasts, if people want a choice of programs they simply have to subscribe – I shouldn't be forced to pay for their enjoyment.

  3. the end of two-year programs after two years counts as a "cut"?

    • Hold the phone, how does the end of the two-year $55 Billion Economic Action! Plan only yield $7 Billion in savings? seems to be some creative accounting here.

      • Ah, but that answers my question, which was, Do they mean the end of the Economic Action Plan! in general, or only to those cities not building a professional sports venue?

  4. Billions could be saved by cuts to education and health if they were simply privatized from top to bottom.

    • While I understand the sentiment of not wanting to publically fund something you've never used, I would argue that the military would be a better place for those kind of cuts.

  5. Building more prisons, cutting crime preventon – the new fiscal conservatism. Bag of hammers dumb.

  6. They will increase $10 billion to the rich and decrease $20 billion from the poor.
    They should fund the CBC by two billion or more and cut out advertising. The CBC is the only national independent and reliable media we have.

    • Disagree, actually. While I do agree that they should increase the funding to the CBC some, I don't agree that it should be solely government supported, or especially that advertising should be prohibited. There's a nice balance which can be struck by the combination of public and private funding which can serve to keep the station leaning too far in support of either.

  7. great news

  8. Just before the Eves government was sent packing, 'Deficit Jim' Flaherty claimed they were on track to be back in a surplus ''in a few years'. The other day he said viirtually the exact same thing. AND it was revealed Flaherty was hiding the true deficit numbers. Not a pretty track record. He says he's ending stimulus spending…I wish he was ending deficit spending.

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