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Ford Can't Balance Ontario Budget Without Tackling Government Bloat

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07.05.2019

There's an elephant in the room whenever politicians talk about Ontario's finances, and it's the cost of the province's enormous bureaucracy. There is no way to address the government's $13.5-billion deficit without addressing the size of government, and it's a relief to see the provincial government is finally starting to talk about it.

In remarks to the Canadian Club on Apr. 4, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced new public consultations on government employee compensation, on how to manage salary growth in a way that he described as "modest, reasonable and sustainable."

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher KatsarovPeter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, speaks at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ont. on Sept. 25, 2018.

Addressing bureaucratic bloat is imperative for the government to achieve a balanced budget. While most politicians acknowledge that balancing Ontario's budget is important, it's a goal that cannot be achieved without addressing the largest cost driver in the province. It's good to finally see a politician who is admitting it.

Wages, salaries and benefits for government workers are the most significant single expense in the provincial budget. Paying for the salaries of government workers........

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