Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have unveiled a new Liberal government-led plan to transform Canada’s $17.5-trillion public sector by cutting costs, raising revenue and eliminating duplication.
“We are the most efficient, the most transparent, the best prepared to govern in Canada,” said Industry Minister James Moore, a former corporate executive and businessman who has led the Liberal Party since 2011.
The new government’s plan includes a series of measures that aim to reduce costs, increase revenue and eliminate duplication.
Among them: reducing the size of government by $3.5 billion over five years and increasing the number of public servants by 20,000.
The changes would result in an annual reduction in government spending of about $8 billion, according to a government statement.
The Liberals are also proposing to eliminate the Public Service Accreditation Program, a federally funded program that helps private companies hire public employees, and replace it with a single-employer program for public-sector employers.
The Liberals will also be reducing the number and scope of federal employees.
The federal government has already announced it is reducing its workforce by 25,000 and has about 50,000 people in the workforce.
The Conservatives, meanwhile, are proposing to reduce the size and scope in a similar way to their proposed public-service cuts.
They will also seek to eliminate many public sector-related contracts, including those related to pensions and health-care systems, as well as those for public service pensions and public service health-and-safety.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the media in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the Liberal convention in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, April 28, 2020.
(Photo: Scott Barbour/Reuters)In addition, the Liberals are proposing that all government-funded contracts for public services be awarded through a competitive bidding process, rather than the current way that contracts are awarded.
This will ensure that public servants get paid fairly, and that the federal government can deliver more services in a shorter time.
On Tuesday, the Conservative Party announced that it is also proposing that the number, structure and length of contracts be reduced by about 50 per cent, starting with a reduction of about 5,000 federal public servants.
The Liberal Party has proposed that the public service pension program be eliminated entirely, and is proposing to end the Public Sector Retirement Guarantee, which has helped finance some of the government’s largest spending programs.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives are proposing a single payer health-insurance system for all Canadians, which would cost taxpayers about $1.5 trillion over the next decade, according the Conservatives.
New Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses the media on Tuesday in Edmonton.
(Video: Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)Liberal Leader Trudeau also said Tuesday that he wants to reform Canada’s tax system.
As a result of the budget announced Tuesday, he said, “we have an opportunity to start moving forward on a new system that does not have the kind of unfairness that we have seen over the last few years.”
The Conservatives also announced that they would eliminate the public debt, as promised, but would also seek “to eliminate the unfairness of the tax system, and to increase the tax burden of Canadians.”
The Liberals are calling for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, and for provinces to set the minimum wage at $15 per hour.
They also said that they are also seeking to eliminate subsidies for corporations that pay less than $15 an hour.
On Tuesday afternoon, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took part in a town hall meeting with Liberal supporters at the Edmonton Community Centre, in the Edmonton area.
(Photo: Daniel Boudreau/Reuters/Corbis)The Liberals have also announced they are seeking to raise the minimum retirement age for Canadians to 67.
Trudeau said that his Liberals will introduce a “living wage” in their next budget, which is estimated to raise $2 billion for the government.
The Liberal Party also announced a new tax credit for low-income earners, including a tax credit of $1,000 for those who are living in the same household as their spouse.
Trudeau also said he wants an end to the federal Conservative Party’s tax loopholes and loopholes, which currently cost the government as much as $5 billion annually.
He also announced he is introducing a “fiscal fairness tax credit” of $200 for low earners.
The Liberals plan to propose an increase in the minimum age to 65 for the first time in Canada, and will introduce changes to the corporate income tax code to allow for more income splitting.
The party will also increase the maximum income from which Canadians can deduct business expenses by $1 million per year.
Trumpland also announced Tuesday that the Liberals will unveil a $100-billion deficit reduction plan by the end of 2020.
The plan will reduce the federal deficit by $14.6 billion over 10 years, or 7.5 per cent of the