Poll: Should government cut the civil service? Are you prepared to do without?

- February 15th, 2012

Abacus Data went into the field to sound out Canadians about some of the choices the government is facing with this spring’s federal budget. Tonight on the Daily Brief, Abacus CEO David Coletto gave us the numbers on what he found. Turns out, Canadians want the government to fight the deficit. But we’re not unanimous about how to go about that. You can bet the government itself is in the field with focus groups and polls testing out their ideas on the same issue.

Now if the federal government is serious about cutting the size of the civil service, Canadians ought to know the consequences of those cuts. David Macdonald of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argued in a recent paper (and updated in a recent blog post) that deep, rapid cuts of the civil service could cause a spike in the country’s unemployment rate and take a dent out of GDP growth.

In this clip, Coletto and I break down the numbers and Macdonald weighs

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Denny Lama says:

    Why is the question “can we do without it”?
    There is plenty of you to cut at the top. The EX category has more than doubled (as well as their pay) since the last big cuts if the 90′.
    Most of the cuts then came from the bottom who provided service to the public and then they hired more and more people who just wrote reports that no one reads or can implement because there is no one left to do it. Time to cut at the top, save lots of money, and no one will even notice.

  2. Marnie R. says:

    The negative perception of public servants is due to the Government’s own marketing since back in Trudeau days. Canadians wait in line for service, in person and on the phone because there is nobody to assist them which perpetuates the myth that nobody is working.

    Denny is correct that the pyramid is upside down. There is no analysis on the ratio of employees to managers. Undoubtedly, its close to 1 to 3. Far too many managers and there is no mapping of how processes are accomplished so you have choices being made like cutting internal audit.

    Of course management wants to get rid of auditors. They don’t like being scrutinized.

    They should lay off the contractors and term employees first. Consultants are expensive and they walk away from the work, leaving employees to try and fix the mess.

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