Liberal budget missed glaring opportunity
Is the provincial budget a makework scheme for surplus civil servants that subsidizes the St. John’s economy with taxpayers’ money from all around the province?
The half-billion-dollar oil windfall may be an evil in disguise if it allows the provincial government to defer the cuts to the civil service that are forcing the rest of the province to subsidize the St. John’s economy.
Even the government’s own figures put the number of public employees in the province at 6,000 to 8,000 above the number we had in 1997, before Danny Williams and his cohorts packed the public service with unnecessary employees.
If the Dwight Ball government aimed for an $800-million deficit and got an extra half billion from left field, it should have brought in a $300-million deficit.
By not doing so it’s missing its best chance to put our finances on a steady and sustainable basis. Peter Fenwick
Cape St. George