Keith Topolski celebrates Canada's real downsizing of its Public Service.
Humphrey Appleby would be appalled at what is going on in Canada right now. Granted the performance bonus being offered to Departmental bosses would be tempting, it still means drastic cuts to the Federal Bureaucracy.
And when I say cuts, I'm not kidding.
Last year the number of public servants remained steady for the first time in fourteen years. That's since last century. The impact of a Conservative majority in the Commons isn't just being seen in the progressive shitsheeting of Stephen Harper's administration, but will actually have an impact in the hip pockets of ordinary citizens.
After all, $11 billion worth of cuts and 80,000 fewer middle managers on the public purse in Ottawa can only be a good thing.
If this wasn't enough to celebrate about as freedom lovers, hiring will still continue in order to replace the incompetent in Canada's halls of power.
This augurs well for Canada's place in the global economy and for the recovery from both deficit and recession from the GFC.
As many of you would know, the last five years of the Harper Government have been conducted in a minority environment, so much so to the extent that only by proroguing the Parliament in 2009 did Harper avoid the Bloc Quebecois, Liberals and New Communists..... sorry, New Democrats, taking power.
Tough budget measures are necessary and have been postponed because of reckless spending demands from the Liberals to keep the Conservatives afloat.
While we can argue as to the virtue of yielding to opposition demands in order to stay in power, Harper has managed to stay on the Treasury benches long enough to exact proper economic management on the people of Canada.
Adding insult to the leftist injury, Treasury Board Secretary Tony Clement has announced that even as Canada's deficit shrinks well ahead of plan, the dose of medicine to be handed out will not be lessened.
Although Clement is hardly one to be handing out lessons on economic responsibility given his own riding's record, the strength of conviction from the Canadian Conservatives is refreshing, especially given the so called harsh measures being taken by "Conservative" British PM David Cameron.
Then again, we all know what the British bureaucracy is like in getting its way. Just ask Humphrey.
Keith Topolski is a former member of the NSW Young Liberal Executive and is studying Communications.