For all those people who don’t think municipal politics matter, who think that debate at council is overrated and that the most important thing a mayor and council can do is show up to another chicken dinner and press the flesh, we say this.
A lot of people in the upcoming weeks at Ottawa City Hall will be losing their jobs. That’s because the mayor and council, emphasizing public relations over efficacy, have let the city operating budget deficit swell to $42 million … the largest such debt in the municipality’s history. That’s a terrible example of fiscal performance.
Were this deficit just numbers on a page, it wouldn’t be so bad. But people are going to be hurt to dispose of this deficit. People will lose their jobs, maybe their homes, perhaps their children’s post-secondary education. They will try to scramble for a job in a market that offers spindly contracts rather than real employment with benefits.
The nature of the private workforce will be a shock for those newly unemployed.
How a government avoids this sort of thing is by running lean. No one loses their job if that position is so valuable that it can’t be cut. Don’t hire people you don’t need.
Hire people you don’t need and eventually you’ll disappoint them with a pink slip.
When you hear of the layoffs, of course think of the people who are hurt by this, but also consider about who caused this sorrow.
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