In case you missed it, I wanted to share with you a startling and shocking bit of news about the size and cost of municipal governments and their workforce. While we are paying more and more taxes, they are getting bigger and bigger and richer and richer. Doesn’t sound right now, does it?
A newly released study put out by Western University professor Timothy Cobban reveals that since 1995’s amalgamation, local government in Ontario has swollen by 39%!
Here are some more sobering facts made available by the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition;
- In 1995 Ontario had 160,000 municipal employees, today there are 270,000 – an increase of 110,000.
- Spending on municipal wages and salaries has increased almost fourfold – from less than $200 million in 1981 to $750 million today!
- Ontario has only 38% of Canada’s population, yet 43% of the country’s municipal workforce.
Clearly, amalgamation, despite all the promises to the contrary has failed to deliver smaller, more efficient government. Even the mere talk of closing or downsizing locally resulted in attack after attack on Rob Ford for being uneducated and hating libraries, for example. It can’t be done if no one wants to admit there is duplication and waste, but then again it cannot continue to operate this way in the red…
So what went wrong?
Well for one thing, the merging of collective bargaining units meant compensation was harmonized upwards to the highest salaries and benefits for that position.
In fact, according to a Toronto Taxpayers Coalition analysis, the number of Toronto municipal employees earning $100,000 or more grew by an astounding 30% – from 5481 up to 7123 – in a single year.
Also, the layers of middle management in general administration positions were often duplicated
The bottom line from all this is obvious: local government is too big, too costly and too burdensome.
And brace yourself for some more bad news.
If Olivia Chow and her left wing NDP pals take control of the Toronto government in the next municipal election, things are guaranteed to get worse.
That’s why we need, more than ever, to stand up and promote the idea of smaller government and lower taxes.
We need a strong voice to offset the union bosses, the media and other assorted left wing groups who will be helping to push Chow’s big spending, high tax agenda while taking aim at the Fiscally Conservative candidates.
The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition will be that voice!
Indeed, they are already making a difference in Toronto politics, former Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday recently had this to say about them:
“The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is a great organization, one that we sorely needed here a long time ago. Increases in taxes and an increases in spending by the Toronto council has gone on for so long that it’s a shame a group like this wasn’t in place to try to maybe put a stop to it earlier on.”
But we will to step up it up a notch for the next election and do even more. You can help make sure the Taxpayers’ Coalition has the resources it will need to be a force in the next municipal election.
Lots of ways. You can host fundraisers for us; you can introduce our group to your friends and business associates; you can volunteer your time, and of course you can contribute to our special municipal election fund.
But whatever you do, you need to help soon. The election is only months away, and the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is already putting together a budget for a special “Stop Chow Now” campaign, to get out the message to voters, to expose and oppose the ruinous policies of Chow and the NDP.
That will be costly. Running an effective media campaign always is.
I’m hoping you will help, because I know you share my belief that Toronto can do better, and that we must do better. I also know that you’re willing to fight for what’s right!
So I’m asking you to donate $10, $25, $100, $500, or more to help “Stop Chow Now.”
Or better yet, sign up to make a monthly contribution automatically – it takes less than a minute to set up.
Whatever you donate, please make it the most generous contribution you can afford.
Together you and I, along with all the other Taxpayer Coalition supporters, can make a difference.
Thanks in advance for your support.
P.S. Thanks to forced dues and government funding, bug union bosses and special interest groups have lots of money to help Chow and the NDP. The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition relies on voluntary support. We rely on you and your generosity. Help us Stop Chow in 2014. Donate today.