Feb 25, 2010

BC’s public sector: among the smallest in the country


Have you heard pundits say that BC’s public sector is too big or “bloated”? It’s an argument frequently used as an excuse to advocate for government spending cuts, but is it true? You may want to take a look at the numbers for yourself.

The CCPA just released a short report on the size of the public sector, which presents the latest data in easy-to-read graphical form that would allow you to do just that.

BC’s Shrinking Public Sector, authored by yours truly, examines public sector employment and spending trends over time and compares BC to other Canadian provinces. The facts point to a gradual erosion of our public sector over the past 20 years, which is surprisingly little known outside of public policy circles.

Have a look at the report here and let me know what you think.

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