When it comes to bureaucracy, the Quebec government gives its 100%!
When we compare ourselves to other populous Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, it is Quebec which “pays” itself the largest administrative apparatus. And by far !
How many civil servants would it take to “lower” the Quebec bureaucracy to the level of these other provinces? No less than 31,000, or a little more than a third of the public servants currently stationed in the administrative labyrinth of the government apparatus.
In its pre-budget brief that it has just submitted to the Minister of Finance, Éric Girard, as part of the budget consultation, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation affirms that the government of Quebec has 31,000 fewer employees than today. if its administrative apparatus was similar to that of the three other populous provinces.
$ 2 BILLION INVOICE
According to the analysis of data collected by Statistics Canada, there are 997 government administrative employees in Quebec for every 100,000 Quebec citizens. As a result, we pay 365 more civil servants per 100,000 inhabitants than in the other three provinces, which have an average number of 632.
The government bureaucracy in Quebec has 57.7% more civil servants than in the other three main Canadian provinces.
“By reducing the size of Quebec’s administrative apparatus to the average of other populous provinces, taxpayers could save $ 2 billion per year,” adds Renaud Brossard, director (Quebec) of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
REMUNERATION TO REVISE
Small flat. Since Quebec is the only province to collect its income taxes from individuals and corporations, and to force its taxpayers to file a tax return at the provincial level, we obviously have to hire public servants for this purpose.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation
But according to Renaud Brossard, the number of civil servants allocated to Revenu Québec can only justify a portion of the yawning gap that exists between the number of civil servants hired in the administrative apparatus of the Government of Quebec compared to the number of government civil servants. from Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
At the risk of making many enemies among the 550,500 unionized members of the public and parapublic sectors in Quebec, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (FCC) also recommends that the government of François Legault reduce by 15% the compensation expenses of employees of the State. Out of annual expenditure of $ 51 billion in remuneration, the FCC estimates it possible to save some $ 7.6 billion in this area, including the $ 2 billion targeted by the above reduction in the number of administrative officials.
According to the FCC, state employees “benefit from much more advantageous working conditions” than in the private sector, thereby contradicting the Institut de la statistique du Québec which, in its annual study on government compensation, talks about parity between government employees and workers in the private sector in Quebec.
The problem with the study by the Institute of Statistics: the comparison of the remuneration of state employees with those in the public sector is limited to companies with 200 or more employees. This means that the Institute omits in its annual study the 44% of workers in the private sector who work in companies with less than 100 employees, who earn overall compensation (salaries and benefits) significantly lower than employees. government.
AND THE ELECTED … IN THE TORDEOR
Having no fear of making enemies among elected officials, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation even proposes to the Legault government to reduce the basic allowance for Members of the National Assembly by 15%, thus reducing it from $ 95,704. at $ 81,349 per year. And to reduce by 20% the additional indemnities to which elected officials are entitled.
In the eyes of Renaud Brossard, this would allow elected officials to send a clear message, both to the population and to government employees: elected officials are not excluded from the financial sacrifices to be made in these times of economic difficulties.
PORTRAIT OF THE BUREAUCRACY
Number of civil servants per 100,000 inhabitants
- Ontario 580
- Alberta 650
- British Columbia 664
- Quebec 997