Yesterday, the Canadian Press pegged the cuts at $7 billion. Last night, the CBC reported the total will be closer to $4 billion. The Post says it’ll be around $5 billion, with the elimination of approximately 25,000 public service jobs. MP and public servant pensions will be changed. The House of Commons will trim its budget by 6.9%. And the hiring tax credit for small businesses will be extended for another year.
Bu the Senate is already in open revolt over the closing of a cafeteria in the Victoria Building.
So, members of the Red Chamber will have to take a slight detour, without having to put on their coats or boots, to get to the cafeteria. Moments later came this reply from Senator Don Plett, the Manitoban and former Conservative Party president appointed to the senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “What a bad, bad idea. The Victoria cafeteria was for the Senators and staff.”