The idea of reducing the size of the province’s legislature because the provincial government has a massive financial crisis didn’t get any smarter when the provincial government announced its plan on Thursday to slash the House from 48 seats to 38.
People who want to start government cutbacks at the top should expect a reduction in the number of departments and a cut to the size of cabinet and the senior ranks of the public service.
What the government is proposing is to slash the board of directors in response to a problem with the company caused by lousy management. In other words, they want to start by cutting the people responsible for keeping an eye on management in the first place. That sounds just as screwball an idea as it is… if your goal is to get the company back on a sound financial footing.
Cutting the House to save money – the government’s goal, endorsed wholeheartedly by opposition leader Dwight Ball – is anti-democratic, regressive, and unprincipled. The New Democratic party’s outgoing leader may be screaming now but she’[s already on record supporting the cuts for the same reasons. She’s equally guilty of backing an anti-democratic, regressive, and unprincipled move.
SRBP dissected the idea on Tuesday. That post still says it all.