Monday, June 27, 2011

Going to plan

As a clever person pointed out to me last week, the fall 2008 economic update is being executed now quite swimmingly following the election. We saw this one come to fruition in the budget:
Today, our Government is eliminating the $1.95-per-vote taxpayer subsidy for politicians and their parties, effective April 1, 2009.
Check. Albeit that the subsidy elimination is being carried out more gradually over a few years.

Further, the Harper government's treatment of the labour disputes at Air Canada and Canada Post saw these principles borne out:
We will introduce legislation to ensure that the pay for the public sector grows only in line with what taxpayers can afford as the economy slows.

This legislation will put in place annual public service wage increases of 2.3 per cent for 2007–08, and 1.5 per cent for the following three years.

This restraint will also apply to MPs, Senators, Cabinet Ministers and senior public servants.

The legislation would also temporarily suspend the right to strike through 2010–11.
Check. Ballpark on the wage increases for Canada Post. And the right to strike in the federal public sector may prove to be "suspended" right through 2015, who knows.