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  • “Another Way Forward” Plan Would Cut Over a Billion in Provincial Spending a Year: Employer’s Council

    The umbrella organization for employers in the province says government can cut over a billion dollars a year in spending. If it doesn’t, bankruptcy could be on the horizon.

    The Employers Council has told governments over the past umpteen years that spending has to be significantly reduced, but now it has brought in the Conference Board of Canada to help with the numbers.

    The council launched a campaign at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s today called “Another Way Forward,” a play on the Liberal Government’s “Way Forward” document.

    Employers Council President Richard Alexander pointed out numerous examples of where this province has the highest spending per capita, including health care, education and the public service.

    Alexander says there are five schools in the province with three students or fewer, and each has a teacher and a principal. And wages in the core public service are nearly 30 per cent – or $311 per week – higher than the rest of Atlantic Canada.

    He says the Conference Board of Canada recommends a freeze or rollback of $75-million, and we would still have the highest paid government employees in Atlantic Canada.

    You can found out more at the Employers Council website.

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