The federal government is reportedly stocking up its cash reserve to the tune of nearly $16-million this fiscal year and next to create a fund for legal costs of labour relations resulting from possible public sector cuts. Apparently, the cash will fund a “litigation management unit” within the Treasury Board.
The Treasury Board is a Cabinet committee of which Parry Sound-Muskoka (Ontario) MP Tony Clement is the current president.
According to The Vancouver Sun, based on estimates, “[t]he government expects to spend $6.5-million in 2011-12 on the unit and another $9.4-million in the 2012-13 budget year.”
If the report is accurate, that’s a hopeful sign that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government does intend to trim the size of our bloated bureaucracy. Some short-term pain can be expected, of course, but the country will be better off in the long term.
(h/t Bourque Newswatch)