Ford continues to move fast in keeping his promises.
Doug Ford is moving fast on another key campaign promise.
During the election, Ford repeatedly said he would find savings in government, standing up for taxpayers who knew the government could be doing much more to save money.
Now, Ford is moving to ensure the government makes better use of taxpayers money, by implementing a hiring freeze in the Ontario public service.
According to the CP, “A spokesman for Doug Ford said the Progressive Conservative leader has also directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel. “The people of Ontario work hard for their money and they expect their tax dollars to go to the services we all depend on,” Simon Jefferies said in a statement. “We are also going to go line by line through the government’s books to ensure value of money for the people of Ontario’s tax dollars.”
Notably, the hiring freeze is clearly focused on the bloated bureaucracy, not frontline services. Police, corrections, and fire fighters are said to be exempt.
Additionally, “Any other hiring, aside from lateral moves within the public service or appointments required to fulfil collective agreements, must be officially approved by cabinet office before going forward.”
There will also be an end to providing “food and drinks for staff meetings and events.”
Those are the kinds of costs that add up over time, and feed into a culture of impunity that ends up wasting taxpayers money.
Ford’s hiring freeze is a great start to the job of getting Ontario’s finances under control. Because the tax base grows every year, the deficit can be brought under control without job cuts. Simply keeping the public service at a consistent level while the rest of the population grows can quickly turn into billions of dollars in savings, and Ford is making it clear that he plans to get the job done.
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