The Government of my native Province has once again embarrassed us all.
It seems it is not enough to preside over a catastrophic failed mega project like Muskrat Falls( power from which will see Nova Scotians paying less than Newfoundlanders and Labradorians) , watching it finance a capital cost rising from $7 billion to over $11 billion and counting , no independent review at the start and none even now , but must now subject us to an embarrassingly lame attempt to curb the explosive size of the public service; an attempt no doubt to try and fool the electorate into believing in their management prowess and heroic attempts to reign in an unacceptable deficit.
This weak action of announcing a 287 reduction of non union personnel ( 90 of these positions were already vacant) highlights the incompetence and leadership vacuum so evident in the last several administrations in the Province.
The Province has gained the dubious distinction of having the largest per capita debt in the country ( $27, 542 , RBC numbers) and the largest public service–94 per 1000 people with the national average being 67. It has a deficit this year of over one billion dollars ( $1.5 billion as of budget update Oct 27, 2016) and projected deficits for the foreseeable future.
And all the Government can do in the non union public service is a saving of $20 million annually? This first year only $5 million?
And the Minister of Finance , Cathy Bennett, according to a CBC Report , is backing away from her commitment of a $250 million saving this year in the overall budget?
‘We want to hit those targets. But as we look at all kinds of different information, there’s a whole number of factors that may require us to think of things a little bit differently,” she said.’
When will reality strike?