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cut, cut, cut ---Julie Ali Just now · Shared via AddThis · What is true in Ontario is true in Alberta. We have too many public sector workers and we have too much debt. Time for cutbacks -both in staff and in the major pay, benefits and pension. Won't happen with the NDP but will happen with the Wildrose. We can't afford all these ABCs -agencies, boards and commissions and why should we pay for folks who don't deliver to us? We won't pay for the lifestyles of the rich and famous. We'll be cut, cut, and more cut.


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OPINION EDITORIAL

Taming the public sector monster

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Monday, February 6, 2017 12:25:37 MST PM
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A Fraser Institute report released Thursday suggests the Ontario public sector can best be described as a money monster.
It notes 1.3 million Ontario workers, almost one in five, or 18.7%, are employed by the public sector, meaning municipal, provincial and federal governments.
They enjoy, on average, better salaries, benefits and pensions than the 81.3% of workers in the private sector or self-employed.
Based on comparable jobs, public sector workers earn an average of 13.4% more annually, 10.3% when union membership is factored in.
They are far more likely to have pension plans (82.1%) compared to private sector workers (25.2%) and their pensions are likely to be better than those in the private sector.
That's because 97% of government workers have the best type, known as defined benefit plans. This compares to fewer than half -- 45.1% -- in the private sector for the minority of workers who have a pension.
Public sector workers retire earlier -- 1.4 years on average -- and take more personal time off, 10.9 days annually compared to 6.8.
They are far less likely to lose their jobs, with 0.5% laid off in 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available, compared to 3.2% in the public sector.
The cost of maintaining public sector workers in the style to which they've become accustomed places a huge burden on lower paid private sector workers.
Yes, public sector workers also pay taxes, but the bulk of government money comes from the more than 80% of workers in the private sector.
The cost of maintaining the public service is a major reason that Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government is now the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower in the world.
It is a major reason Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election promise of a few years of "modest," under $10 billion annual deficits, with a balanced budget in 2019, has now exploded into $30-billion annual deficits as far as the eye can see.
It is a major reason, municipal councils are perpetually scrambling to find new ways of getting more money from hard-pressed property taxpayers.

Until federal, provincial and municipal politicians seriously attack the runaway costs of the public sector monster, all their talk about government restraint will come to naught.

What is true in Ontario is true in Alberta. We have too many public sector workers and we have too much debt. Time for cutbacks -both in staff and in the major pay, benefits and pension. Won't happen with the NDP but will happen with the Wildrose.
We can't afford all these ABCs -agencies, boards and commissions and why should we pay for folks who don't deliver to us? We won't pay for the lifestyles of the rich and famous. We'll be cut, cut, and more cut.
A Fraser Institute report released Thursday suggests the Ontario public sector can best be described as a money monster.
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