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A former journalist, broadcaster, political staffer and policy adviser, Peter has studied political science, journalism, public administration and Canadian politics. He has grown weary of partisan politics but remains engaged in public policy issues and community activism. Father to three teenage boys,he is committed to teaching them the values of cooperation, volunteering and caring for each other. All I want is for my children to be respectful and successful.

Friday, March 22, 2013


All over the provincial government, staffs are huddled in corners, offices and break rooms discussing the impending budget.

There is a sense furloughing, of dread, of the inevitability of a lay-offs leaching through the public service. While staff reel from the on-going bumping, getting confusing advice from NAPE and human resource officers, they dread the next step. 

Last in means first out! Seniority is job security.

How much seniority will be needed to avoid being bumped or laid-off? I estimate that anyone with less than three years permanent experience can expect to be impacted. The impact will last for years. Front line services will be handicapped for months, if not years.

It is what it is.

Right sizing means government must live within its means. Have they wasted money? Have their priorities been wrong? That is all up for debate.

The result is a leaner government, or so we are told.

What we do know is that the government expenditures have greatly outpaced its revenues. The result is the garment has to be cut to reflect the material that is available.

How much material has been squandered away? The government will have to be held accountable for it’s decisions and priorities.

One point that is not debatable, after ten years of governing over the most prosperous period that our people have ever known, the government can only look in the mirror to find answers to what has gone wrong!

To quote Galatians “As you sow so shall you reap”

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