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If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a… change


 

Jim Flaherty, November 27We cannot ask Canadians to tighten their belts during tougher times without looking in the mirror. Canadians have a right to look to government as an example. We have a responsibility to show restraint and respect for their money. Canadians’ tax dollars are precious. They must not be spent frivolously or without regard to where they came from.

Canwest, September 4Spending in the government department supervised directly by Prime Minister Stephen Harper soared by 14 per cent last year, despite a directive from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that government must “show restraint.” Financial statements released this week show that spending by the Privy Council Office for the fiscal year that ended in March hit $172.5 million, compared to $151.8 million in fiscal 2008.


 

If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a… change

  1. From the linked article:

    The cost of bureaucrats' salaries and wages was the biggest single contributor to the jump, rising 25 per cent year-over-year to $114 million. That figure covers the salary expense for independent, non-partisan civil servants in the Privy Council Office and not the salaries for political staff or ministers.

    The department reported the cost to "provide professional, non-partisan policy advice and support to the prime minister and portfolio ministers" in fiscal 2009 was $124 million, which was also 14 per cent higher than the previous year.

    Is it possible that the "soaring" 14% increase is linked to the additional costs of administering a massive stimulus plan?

    • What's the phrase… "You've got to spend money to spend money"? No wait, that's not right.

  2. "…spending by the Privy Council Office for the fiscal year that ended in March hit $172.5 million, compared to $151.8 million in fiscal 2008."

    I'm confused; isn't the "fiscal year that ended in March" considered 'fiscal 2008', referring, presumably, to the fiscal year that started in April 2008 and ending March 2009? Isn't that year 'fiscal 2008'?

    • No, the fiscal year end date is the important day as far as the name goes. Fiscal 2008 would have started in 2007.

  3. Looks like plagiarism to me. Wherry presents the material like he is making the link between the Flaherty statement and PCO spending, when it is really David Akin that makes that link.

    • That's not plagiarism in any sense of the word.

      • He is presenting an idea as his own, the link between Flaherty's statement and the PCO spending increase. I would say that is plagiarism. If he had cited Akin first or made it more explicitly clear that he was just forwarding Akin's point, then I wouldn't have a problem with it. As it is presented, it appears as though he (Wherry) is making the link between item 1 and item 2.

  4. It's a standard Conservative approach: "Do as I say, not as I do."

  5. You forget one thing here….thanks Michael for the song "man in the mirror" and for this beatiful words…R.I.P.