LeDaro: Federal Budget – Civil Service Cuts

Harper cutting the civil service? This is nonsense. I have long experience both provincially and federally with civil service and elected officials. What politicians do is get rid of civil servants hired by the previous government – in this case Liberals – and hire their own, usually expanding the civil service not reducing it. Harper ...

The Star’s Tim Harper: Harper bets on big resources and kicks environment to the curb

OTTAWA Stephen Harper, finally freed of the constraints that of the minority years, had no need to deliver anything in his 2012 budget to placate his political opponents. So, unfettered, he delivered big time for big business and carved a path for a resource-based economy shorn of impediments for years to come. He has stacked ...

Canadians Don’t Buy Austerity Excuses, Ipsos Reid Poll Suggests

A new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned for Global and Postmedia suggests that the Conservative government, particularly Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Steven Harper, havn’t sold the public on the governments arguments for cuts to programs like the OAS (Old Age Supplement). Below are details from the poll – 70 per cent of Canadians ...