The Canadian government needs a clean up. Taxpayers are paying millions for bureaucracy that slows down and starves services. Under the Conservatives, a number of departments saw hiring sprees and payroll increases - not for services Canadians care about, but bureaucracy that continues to pose as leaks in a deteriorating hose.
While the Conservatives muse on public sector pensions, sick leave and collective bargaining, they are the cause for a drastic increase in Canada's bureaucracy.
New figures from the Parliamentary Budget Office show the Department of Defence wasn't the only department to be swamped with new bureaucrats and suffocating mismanagement.
Between the fiscal year of 2005-2006 (when Harper came to power) and 2012, the number of people on federal payroll was up 14%.
In the same period, information service employees were up 15.3%, administrative services ballooned 20%, financial management staff rose by 35% and welfare program employees rose 43%.
These increases don't mean these services got better, these increases mean there were more mouths to feed as money trickled down - this means money that would have went to services, instead went to these new bureaucrats.
The Canada Border Agency ballooned 54.6%. The Correctional Service jumped 31%.
The RCMP's bureaucratic fat rose 40%. The RCMP admits bureaucracy now represents 25% of its staff, up from 21% in April 2006.
Public Safety Canada jumped 53% but officials say that excluding the part-timers, "the departmental workforce has in fact increased by only 35.56%."
The Canadian Security Establishment ballooned 42%. Meanwhile, FINTRAC — the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada which tracks money laundering, organized crime and terrorist financing spiked 88%.
The Department of Defence rose 29.3% where Ottawa-based finance and administration jumped 57%.
The Justice Department saw a 10.7% increase in staff.
Aboriginal Affairs saw a 38% increase and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency nearly doubled.
Canada's security, corrections and spy agencies also saw drastic jumps in bureaucrats, but surprisingly, the Finance Department dropped 22% (back to where it was when Jean Chretien's Liberal government made drastic cuts in the '90s), Industry Canada dropped 10%, the Heritage Department dropped 7%, Citizenship and Immigration dropped 8.3% and the Privy Council Office dropped 4%.
It is clear a government that wants to focus on services will need to reform the current infrastructure to ensure taxpayers' money is being put to good use. As a result, it would be recommended to cut the bureaucratic increases by at least the amount they increased since 2006.
Summary of Bureaucracy IncreasesOverall: 14%
- Treasury Board: 163%
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada: 88%
- Canada Border Agency: 54.6%
- Public Safety Canada: 53%
- Welfare Program: 43%
- Canadian Security Establishment: 42%
- RCMP: 40%
- Aboriginal Affairs: 38%
- Financial Management: 35%
- Correctional Service: 31%
- Department of Defence: 29.3%
- Administrative Services: 20%
- Information Services: 15.3%
- Justice Department: 10.7%
Summary of Bureaucracy Cuts
- Department of Finance: 22%
- Industry Canada: 10%
- Citizenship and Immigration: 8.3%
- Department of Heritage: 7%
- Privy Council Office: 4%
- Department of Natural Resources: 1.4%
- Library and Archives: 1%
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