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Read Tony’s lips


 

On Wednesday, Tony Clement raised the option of user fees in a speech to members of the public service. Yesterday, in QP, Mr. Clement seemed to disavow the option entirely.

Indeed, Canadians gave us a strong mandate to keep taxes low, to balance the budget by 2014-15 and over the next year we are going to get the waste out of government and conduct a strategic and operating review of all programs. The purpose of this exercise is not to look at new user fees. In fact, we will find savings so we can pay down the debt and invest in the priorities of Canadians.


 

Read Tony’s lips

  1. My guess is that between Tony’s two statements, the DM explained to him that every possible user fee has already been examined and re-examined and implemented if and when possible, except for any that might impact on businesses or rich people, so there just ain’t no low hanging fruit there.

  2. A lot of ideas that Tony comes up with should have been disavowed – like the long form census decision and the mis-spending of tax money in his riding, officially for the purpose of G8 optics but in reality, for his re-election chances. Thanks Muskoka for being bought off with, not only your money, but mine as well.

  3. I have idea of where Clement could start looking for savings.

    Will someone in Con party please buy a clue soon, you are bankrupting the Nation. 

    “In addition, taking into account significantly higher paid benefits and shorter workweeks, the public sector total compensation advantage balloons past 30 per cent. Expressed in dollar terms, public sector employers have a combined wage and benefits bill that is $19 billion higher than if they had kept costs to private sector norms.”

    “The federal government’s civilian workforce grew by 35 percent between 1999 and 2009, while the Canadian population increased by only 11 percent. Jobs in the for-profit sector of the economy increased by 14 percent during this time period.”

    “Mr. Clement said that: “Governments are doing their part. Universities are doing their part. Where’s business? When is business going to do its part?”

    “Thomas Sowell ~ the first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

  4. Ever since I was a kid, people have been going to Ottawa to ‘eliminate waste’, ‘trim the fat’,  ‘cut out the unnecessary spending’, ‘shrink the size of govt’, ‘get rid of the fat cats in the civil service’ etc……by now Ottawa should be a pile of bones.
     
    But it isn’t, in fact it’s bigger than ever.  And it’s going to continue to grow.
     
    Canada is the second largest country on the planet….and while we have a relatively small population, it is growing all the time. And people in rural areas want the same services as people in urban areas.   Equality and all.  So govt will continue to grow.
     
    Oh sure, there are always things you can cut or merge and people you can let go, but those are small savings….and they’re usually immediately eaten up somewhere else.
     
    And there are certainly people who abuse credit card privileges and order the best room and the best wine…..and when the news comes out,  Canadians get all outraged, and some nobody gets fired….but on the whole things are run fairly well.
     
    80% of any organizations budget is salaries, but cut those and not only will there be a strike, but educated, experienced people will move to the private sector where they can make more money. And they are precisely the kind of people the govt needs to keep.  But even if you could put them all ‘out in the street’….how would higher unemployment numbers help the economy?  Better to keep them and pay them well and have govt run smoothly. Which is what we do.
     
    The only real way the size of govt can be reduced  is by switching to ‘new’ technologies….so we don’t see shelves of paper files in hospitals,  lawyers dragging wagonloads of paper into court,  files lost behind cabinets for years and so on.
     
    But govt doesn’t have a good track record on this at all.  So Mounties in the east have software that’s not compatible with Mountie software in the west, and they can’t ‘talk’ to each other.  Massive computer systems that are trouble from day one, and not up to the job in the first place. That’s what happened with the gun registry.  We have no cybersecurity,  so classified files are easily hacked….even party websites are hacked. Nobody is in charge of a large national upgrading. Twitter seems to be about as much as most politicians can manage….and they even get in trouble with that.
     
    Switching over to e-filing, and good data systems, and hiring the tech people to do it will have that initial ‘sticker-shock’, but it’s the only way we’ll ever reduce the size of govt, or ‘cut waste’….it’s eliminating the human factor as much as possible.
     
    So unless we’re prepared to do that…..politicians can rant all they want, but it won’t change things.

    • “80% of any organizations budget is salaries, but cut those and not only will there be a strike, but educated, experienced people will move to the private sector where they can make more money. 

      And they are precisely the kind of people the govt needs to keep.”

      Why do you think this, OriginalEmily1?

      Why should Mr Cogswell have to work twice as long to pay for Ms Steele and her benefits while Government is cutting programs because of massive deficit? 

      If progressives are worried about working class, why do they support policies that make them work twice as hard as civil servants?

      What kind of equality are progressives trying to achieve?

      ” …..  the Frontier Centre for Public Policy released a study showing average wages for federal public administration workers increased faster than the average wage for any other major category of worker, growing 59 percent between 1998 and 2009 according to Statistics Canada.”

      http://www.fcpp.org/publication.php/3790?print=yes

      “In 2002-2003, the average salary of workers in the core public service was $53,000, increasing to $73,400 when factoring in benefits.

      “For me to make that amount of money, I would have to work twice as much time,” tradesman Tim Cogswell told CTV News.In the private sector, the average salary was $38,885.

      But civil servant Shannon Steele said she earns her pay.”Of course I get more benefits and stuff, but I think I deserve them,” she said. “I do a lot of work, and it’s stressful.

      “http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20070730/civil_servants_070730/

      • I’m sorry but I’m not interested in listening to your standard litany of envy and resentment again.

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