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Watchdog doubts government cost-cutting measures

PBO report pour cold water on staff reduction plans


 

A report by the parliamentary budget officer details significant problems with the Conservative government’s proposed budget freezes, which would reportedly save $6.8 billion over five years by cutting 11,000 public service jobs. “Overall, there is limited evidence that current plans will meet the President of Treasury Board’s public service attrition target,” the report claims. Of the 10 departments the PBO identified to reveal staffing plans, Correctional Services Canada and the RCMP refused to divulge, and only Human Resources and Skills Development Canada was able to outline a specific strategy on how services would be maintained. Treasury Board President Stockwell Day says these details remain a cabinet confidence until they are outlined in the federal budget.

The Globe and Mail


 
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Watchdog doubts government cost-cutting measures

  1. Kevin Page has been a duffos since he arrived. The guy is obviously deluded and has convinvced himself that any publicity is good publicity.

    Sorry Kevin….you are no Shelia Fraser.

    • Sorry Kevin….you are no Shelia Fraser.

      That's good, because one is a budget officer and another is an auditor. Let us know when you spot the difference.

  2. … and only Human Resources and Skills Development Canada was able to outline a specific strategy on how services would be maintained.

    I somehow doubt they told the truth, though:

    "We don't do anything useful now with the employees we have, so who cares if you cut us in half?"

    • HRSDC has gone to hell since they released the extra employees hired during the recession for the Employment Insurance services.
      I know a lot of good people that are in serious trouble because the department simply cannot keep up.

  3. I don't have the numbers but I strongly suspect that the weight of wages on the federal government is overstated.

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