Hire and fire- Bad planning or heartless?

Being a business owner, good business decisions require foresight. Good entrepreneurs have to know where they’re going, how to get there, then anticipate what challenges might come up. Government needs to run the same way, but under the Conservatives, it hasn’t been.

Since 2006, Stephen Harper has added 33’000 employees to the federal payroll. The 2012 budget cuts 19’200 of them, all in the name of austerity.

A good entrepreneur will not hire new employees, only to lay off 58.18% of the new hires in a few years time because their employment is unsustainable. A good entrepreneur would not have hired these employees in the first place because the need to lay them off in the future would have been anticipated.

Reductions in the government payroll could have come by slowing the rate of replacement of retirees, but Harper et. al hasn’t opted for this approach. Perhaps that wouldn’t have given them enough of a power trip, or exacted enough revenge on those that often oppose them. I don’t know.

It is impossible for government, or business to predict everything but poor predictions that result in the layoff of 58% of new employees is a bit over the top. That’s just bad planning, or heartless. You decide.

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  1. Alison S

     /  April 9, 2012

    I think they are just banking on the poor memory of Canadians to play their shell game. They are slashing all these jobs to make them look like prudent managers assuming that the electorate is not paying attention. Unfortunately, they are probably right.

  2. Didn’t realize that I had to approve your comment. lol. Can’t figure out if there is a way to avoid this ‘approval’ process in wordpress or not.

    I think you’re probably right on that. Harper’s strategy (and he is a man with a plan) has appeared to be to rack up the deficit so that he can make the case for cuts. Playing games with people’s lives is never good policy.


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