There are far too many government departments from a government that spends far too much. They need to cut.
I’ve reposted my list below, take a look at the full list of departments here and give Jim Flaherty some more guidance before the March 29th budget.
I’ve been saying that everyone should look at the list of government agencies, departments and so on and ask where Jim Flaherty should cut. Of course I already suggested $140 million in cuts by eliminating the foreign aid that we give to members of G20, we’ll see if they respond to that.
But with 225 departments, agencies, boards etc. eating away at taxpayers dollars, the cuts have to be deeper. Here are some thoughts. I welcome yours.
The Canadian Dairy Commission should go. Here’s how the CDC describes itself.
“The Canadian Dairy Commission is a Crown corporation which was established in 1966 with the mandate of coordinating federal and provincial dairy policies and creating a control mechanism for milk production which would help stabilize revenues and avoid costly surpluses. ”
According to the Treasury Board’s main estimates, the CDC costs us $3.9 million a year. Forget about whether supply management and price control is a good thing or not, the fact is that each province also has its own bureaucracy for this. Leave it to them, scrap this beast and save the $3.9 million.
Did you know that the federal government owns a giant fish company in the form of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation?
“The Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation created in 1969, is the buyer, processor and marketer of freshwater fish from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and part of Northwestern Ontario. The Corporation’s mandate is to purchase all fish lawfully fished and offered for sale, to create an orderly market, to promote international markets, to increase fish trade, and to increase returns to fishers. Profits, in the form of final payments, are distributed annually to participating fishers.”
It may truly be self-sustaining because I did not find a line item cost in the main estimates but why do we own a fish processing company? Why not sell it? And why if Canadians believe in freedom for wheat farmers do we not believe in freedom for fishermen?
The International Development Research Centre costs $207 million from the Foreign Affairs budget and acts as a different kind of CIDA, this one aimed at boosting research in developing countries rather than feeding people.
“IDRC supports applied research to find local solutions that will have lasting impacts on communities around the world. We are facilitators, drawing together the best scientific minds to collaborate on finding knowledge that works. ”
If we are cutting services to Canadians do we need this?
What about a body designed to co-ordinate between levels of government that has an exact replica at each provincial level? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you a body that I can live without, the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat.
“In Canada, the power to govern is shared between the federal and provincial governments. With such a constitutional arrangement, there is a great need for governments to communicate, to consult each other, to harmonize their policies and programs, coordinate their activities, resolve conflicts, and, in some instances, develop policies jointly.”
Total cost is $6.6 million and I bet the feds and provinces could still have all their meetings without using this boondoggle.
That’s just a start, more ideas to come.
Where would you cut? Remember, we are deeply in debt.
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