Reasons why Canada’s Management System Needs Rethinking
In the next election, the Conservatives will try to defend an economic record that they don’t have and the NDP will be trying to win over former occupiers with an elaborate tax the rich scheme, followed by huge spending sprees. While these political parties work toward their future gimmicks, people, like you and like me are being left on the sidelines to watch as they take our wallets for a ride. Oil prices are climbing making travelling and food more expensive, businesses in small towns take their clients for a ride because there is no competition, internet service is slow, expensive and unreliable because a selected few own the top. Meanwhile, when it does come to our public services, the bulk of our money goes to administrative fees and management that we simply don’t need. The Harper Conservatives are boosting an already inflated government with new seats, add-ons to the senate and possibly a plan to try to make the senate into a second House of Commons all the while gerrymandering to ensure the next election yields a net profit for them to either secure or strengthen their stranglehold majority.
When you think about the money we Canadians spend into our government and the dismal quality of services we get in return, and hear about their misspending, mismanagement and entitlements, you can’t help but wonder whether our system actually works. In short, it does not. While politicians across the country will say that everything is alright, they are digging us a hole that will take generations to fix. As they claim to fight for integrity, they are taking your money and getting the fanciest hotel rooms as if money was an indispensible resource. As we speak, your healthcare service is the result of a tiny fraction of spending, the rest was either placed into another ministry that desperately needs to catch up or into the hierarchy of bureaucracy that has the stranglehold of controlling everything. Meanwhile, these bureaucrats sit on their big public salaries and get nothing accomplished because accomplishing something would essentially make them redundant and make them lose their jobs. Meanwhile, when governments do hand down cuts and ask ministries to look in the mirror and look for savings, they always look to the bottom and most important ends rather than the upper core that is the most expensive and most wasteful and this is why our services suffer every time a government brainlessly and carelessly cuts. Kid me not, these cuts are needed, but no one in the political spectrum as we speak has the brains or courage to make them. There are serious reforms and cuts that must be made that frankly will forever change the face of government and bureaucracy.
Scrap the senate, reform the electoral system and you will shrink a huge government load. When you use a voting system that makes every vote count, you can have 100 seats, 300 seats, 50 seats and still have the exact same representation. Getting rid of bulky admin means there are less layers of bosses, let’s face it, the bottom end of bureaucracy isn’t the problem but they are always targeted first because their bosses don’t want to lose those nice pay checks and bonuses. Cut out the bulk and keep the necessary and you won’t lose too many jobs, but you will save a lot of money. Many of these departments are also underfunded and outdated making a simple task take forever. If governments would have gotten over their power-trip agendas and benefits, and did the right thing, our infrastructure would be updated and this in itself would create savings as tasks become more efficient and less time-consuming. If you ensure that the workers are specialized and don’t overlap, you can have 2 people looking at a claim rather than an office which too will save time and money.
This, however, isn’t all. We are entering the 21st century and many political parties are looking to the 1900s for inspiration. The NDP would repatriate everything, a move that would take us back to the protectionist days of the Great Depression. Supporters always favor the move and argue that it keeps money in a given country but they fail to realize that their standard of living can only be as high as the cheapness of the ability to create it. By having countries specialize in different domains and actively share, we all save money and the cost of living stays low. Impose the old protectionist ways that make an inter-country economy and the cost of food and essentials will be based upon the cost of production and transportation and the cost of salaries. Does anyone here want to pull off a China to keep prices low for selected people to be able to afford the products and life in general? If you impose a minimum wage in this kind of society, everyone with that minimum wage will be in poverty and the country in itself will stagnate. Nationalizing the banks will not only send this country into hyperinflation, it will drive our debts and size through the ceiling and the reality is, Canada’s economy will implode – do the math. Even more reason why Canada cannot afford an NDP government that would impose unrealistic and purely philosophical economics on us and hurt the people it claims to protect.
Canada needs a pragmatic and forward-thinking plan for the 21st century. Canada has the technological capabilities to make industry and governance more cost effective and overall efficient which in the long term is an economic move that would lead to environmental sustainability. All of those who are in the past, like the Conservatives, and think that it is a choice between one and the other are wrong, the reality is, that our wasteful and stagnant economy and government is squarely to blame for every problem we have in Canada, especially the environmental crisis.
This article may come across as squarely opinionated but I am just calling it as I see it and that is the great thing about freedom of speech, something the Conservatives are actively trying to take away. It feels like the feudal days: we have a big government that controls every aspect of life and as the peasants get poorer, the kings use their money to go on luxury spending sprees and the pennies that they devote to the people get shared amongst a crowd of sharks that share the bulk as they carelessly service the worst quality imaginable. Some believe the solution is tax and spending regimes but these have brought much of Europe to the brink of peril. Others say we should sacrifice our services because they are the most costly. Both extremes are wrong and are both cover-ups for the real problem: government management.
As we enter the 21st century, Canada should become more democratic, not less; Canadians should have more control over their services, not less; and the endless trail of bureaucracy that has been regulating and imposing upon our economy have got to go. Opening the market would allow innovation and if Canadian companies falter, it is their fault for doing nothing to move themselves or Canada forward and it is because they chose to operate on greed rather than good service. Canada’s economy needs to be whipped into shape and as long as you can have a selected few companies hold a monopoly over markets and for as long as government can dictate on people and companies alike, we will never see progress. We are entering the 21st century, now is not the time to repeat the 1900s or try to revert back to it. Now is the time to move forward and that means that for many government officials and bureaucrats: your free ride on the backs of hard working taxpayers is over.