Canada @ War has increased DND spendi...

Canada @ War has increased DND spending for Offshore Ventures fuelling federal public-service growth

There are 5 comments on the National Post story from Feb 6, 2011, titled Canada @ War has increased DND spending for Offshore Ventures fuelling federal public-service growth. In it, National Post reports that:

So far, so good for the Tory agenda as Stimulus, defence fuelling federal public-service growth. But defying conventional thinking about Conservative devotion to smaller government, there was growth beyond these priority areas.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has substantially boosted federal government expenditures during his five years in office, and added thousands of bodies to the federal public service.

According to publicly available government documents, over the five years that the Conservative government has been in power, the Canadian Forces have added 7,754 people to their regular forces and reserves. That’s an expansion of 8.7%, bringing the total to 96,675 people at the end of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

During the final year of Paul Martin’s Liberal government, 2005-2006, the Canadian Forces tally was 88,921.

Over the Harper years, the number of RCMP officers has increased more than 16%, climbing to 24,445 from 20,936.

And employment in the departments receiving funding for federal food- and consumer-safety initiatives, Mr. Harper’s other stated priority, also grew slightly. Health Canada added the equivalent of 1,212 full-time jobs (called FTEs), for example, while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added 833. The Public Health Agency of Canada brought in another 757, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research added 72.

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yay team

Toronto, Canada

#1 Feb 6, 2011
Overall, the federal public service — which includes civilian employees at National Defence and the RCMP,

but not the military members and police officers already counted — swelled by 33,023 people, slightly more than 13%, over five years ...
yay team

Toronto, Canada

#2 Feb 6, 2011
Federal program spending during Mr. Martin’s final year in power — 2005-2006 — stood at $175-billion. By 2009-2010, under Mr. Harper, it had climbed to $245-billion.

Toronto, Canada

#3 Feb 6, 2011
... Postmedia’s analysis found that even relative to growth of the Canadian economy, program expenses —

which include departmental program spending as well as major transfers of money to individuals and other levels of government —

increased more than 25% over five years ...
Salt hits the fan

Toronto, Canada

#4 Feb 7, 2011
Salt hits the fan as feds dismiss panel - 660News

Nutritionists and health care advocates are slamming the federal government for dismantling its sodium reduction task force. A member of the panel, Dr...

Toronto, Canada

#5 Feb 8, 2011

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