Kathyrn May, Postmedia News | November 12, 2014 8:46 AM ET
Canada’s Conservative government has wiped nearly 37,000 people off the federal payroll and reduced key services for Canada’s veterans and the unemployed and budgets for food safety in the “rush” to pay for its promised tax cuts, according to a new report.
The report, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, concludes that the Conservatives are able to realize their promised surplus and tax breaks at the expense of front-line services, corroded by steady spending cuts that will continue for another two years — even after the books have been balanced.
“Those cuts to services aren’t being reversed. There are no plans to bring back any of those services,” said David Macdonald, senior economist at the CCPA.
“Instead those cut services are paying for the tax package announced last week. The surplus was made possible by those substantial cuts.”
Macdonald said the cuts appear to have been rolled out faster than expected. An analysis of departments’ reports on plans and priorities show they expected to shed 28,600 positions — or full-time equivalents — between 2012 and 2016.
But Statistics Canada’s monthly employment and payroll reports show nearly 37,000 people have already lost jobs. Macdonald argued that means the number of people working for government has fallen by 8% — compared to the 4.5% the government estimated in the 2012 austerity budget.
“The rush to balance the budget has also impacted federally delivered services … It is not a stretch to say that veterans and the unemployed, for example, will be deprived of services for the sole sake of hurrying a return to federal surpluses. The cuts were implemented much more quickly than initially projected,” wrote Macdonald.
The government has been criticized from the start for refusing to reveal the nature of the billions of dollars in cuts, and their impact on jobs and the quality of services. The Parliamentary Budget Office has led the charge for that information and took the government to court to get it.
Without that information, analysts have had to deduce the impact by tracking staffing levels and the changing budget levels in departments. By next year, the cumulative impact of the Conservatives’ spending cuts will hit $14.5 billion a year.
The government has been cutting spending for five years by a combination of freezing budgets, slashing budgets and eliminating programs, which are still working their way through the system.
The report said the full impact of the cuts won’t be known for years but analysis of the spending and staffing reductions “debunks” the Conservatives’ assurances that the cuts will be small, short-lived and with little impact on the quality of front-line services. The government insisted that Canadians wouldn’t notice the cuts, which would be concentrated in “back-office” operations.
Veterans Affairs, for example, will lose about a quarter of its workforce between 2011 and 2017 and largest proportional cut — about 32% — will be among the public servants who provide benefits for disabled and other veterans.
By 2016, Canadian Food Inspection Agency will have lost 20% of its workforce and 24% of its budget. The food safety program, which handles inspections of packaging and facilities, is facing a 22% budget cut.
Employment and Social Development Canada, one of the largest federal departments, could lose about a quarter of its workforce. The branch, which helps Canadians access programs such as employment insurance, is facing significant cuts and reports show a growing number of calls from the public are left unanswered or unconnected.
The Conservatives, however, can go to the polls in 2015 with a balanced budget and a promise of tax cuts while touting themselves as good managers for cutting spending and returning the public service to the size it was when it came to power in 2006.
Estimated Job Losses 2012-2016 (Reports on Plans and Priorities)
Statistics Canada: 2,230 or 35% of full-time positions
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: 5,716 or 24%.
Veterans Affairs: 872 or 24%.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada: 1,094 or 20%
Canadian Food Inspection Agency: 1,407 or 20%
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Our Government while supposedly conservative, does NOTHING but stand back and
allow the Government of Ontario to spend Billions promoting Crime, injustice and
Ontario Spends some $400 Million Dollars on the Vile Corrupt Ottawa Police who are riddled with Evidence Fabricating POS like Detective Peter Van Der Zander who personally FABRICATES evidence to abuse victims of abuse.
Det. Peter Van Der Zander could do the Ottawa Police a favour and jump off the top of 464 Elgin street or find some other rapid way of ridding the Ottawa Police of what the legal profession refer to as "A Rotten Cop".
Det. Peter Van Der Zander has by his lonesome, cost taxpayers at least, Hundreds of Thousands of dollars and odds are it will cost the Ottawa Police several million dollars before they decide to get rid of an Evidence Fabricating Child Abusing "Rotten Cop" who thinks it's cool to Fabricate Evidence.
Its Rotten Cops like Det. Van Der Zander across Canada who promote violence against Fathers, who cause tens of thousands of fathers never to see their children again, to have their children taken from them and placed with the most violent of mothers for their own, improper reasons.
Our of the $400 Million Dollars a year spent of the Criminal Cartel called the Ottawa Police, around $300 Million is spent on Promoting Violence against fathers.
Ottawa is the Capital of Canada, that happens to be the Festering Centre of Criminality, child abusers and Rotten Cops who Fabricate Evidence to intimidate those who criticize them.
Rotten Cop Det. Van Der Zander is typical of a large number of Ottawa Police Officers who Fabricate Evidence to Promote Violence against Fathers.
Take a look at their stats. According to the Corrupt Criminals called Ottawa Police, around 90% of victims of domestic violence are female and 90% of the perpetrators of domestic violence are male...
That means around 45% of all those charged with domestic violence were Male Victims of Domestic Violence.
Take the $300 million and Multiple by 45% results in around $135 Million Dollars spent by the Ottawa Police on Fabricating Evidence.
Rotten Evidence Fabricating Det. Van Der Zander is paid around $120,000 a year, and, AFTER the Ottawa Police KNEW he fabricated Evidence, they promoted this vile example of humanity to Sargent.
Divide $135 Million Dollars by $120,000 and you have around 100 Rotten cops, just like Det. Van Der Zander, promoting violence against fathers by Fabricating Evidence.
If you want to speak to an Evidence Fabricating Rotten cop you can call Det. Peter Van Der Zander on (613) 236-1222 Extension 3417.
This post will not deal with the large number of other Evidence Fabricating sociopaths who work for the Ottawa Police Fabricating Evidence, Det. Peter Van Der Zander happens to be mentioned because he is notorious in Ottawa and the evidence of his Criminal Fabrication of Evidence is sufficient for Criminal Charges but don't expect that to occur.
The Ottawa Police are like any Criminal Organization, they have a code of silence, and a code of seeking revenge, and a code of intimidation.
You can expect to read about that in future posts.
Our Politicians are all Fathers and all live in Ottawa and apparently are devoid of any interest in ending the Billions of Dollars spent by the Ontario Government on State Funded Terrorists like Det. Peter Van Der Zander.
Ottawa Mens Centre