Comment 63174

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted May 06, 2011 at 18:23:45

In 1998-99, when Ontario's economy was humming along quite nicely, the Mike Harris government spent 13.78% of the Ontario budget on community and social services (i.e. welfare). Fast forward 12 years and that figure is down to 7.36%.

While welfare is technically government spending, it is actually more of a transfer from the rich to the poor. It still encourages free market competition, but it doesn't require the hiring of any more public workers.

In contrast, public health, education, etc, all involve central planning and high levels of bureaucracy, but very little if any free market competition.

If we want an Ontario economy that is more dynamic than the one we have today, more of our taxpayer money should leave the public unions and flow back to the poor. Even if total spending wasn't cut, but just this shift took place, private business in downtown Hamilton would see an immediate pick up in their level of business.

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