That said NR, this proposal is just plain back-of-the-napkin stupid. We were talking about ways the NDP could define themselves in this campaign, but this really isn't it, in my opinion.
Whose idea was this?
I don't really have a problem with the idea of finding more efficient ways of using current resources, but that is different than setting a financial quota for cuts.
The problem with Liberal policy over the last 10 years, has been attempting to expand service without increasing resources. The result has been trying to deliver more services less effectively, damaging existing programs with pie-in-the-sky dream programs that the government simply can not support with the resources they need and deserve.
This creates very high public expectation, matched to shoddy delivery, which is more often that not blamed on harassed and overworked public sector workers.
The Conservatives and the Liberals are actually very similar in their method. The Conservatives pretend they can maintain service delivery at the present level, while making cuts, and the Liberals pretend they can deliver more services without increasing resources. The result is the same.
Andrea has been doing well on this more complex point, so far, but this is not the solution. She should be talking about eliminating overlap and duplication to more efficiently deliver existing program better, not doing so to save money. Savings, if there are any should be directed at better serving Ontarians, not for making cuts.