You didn’t ask for the biggest government per capita in Canada—you just paid for it.

So, what does the biggest government in the country get you?

  • The highest program spending in Canada (and it’s increasing – Budget 2016 actually increased spending 3%)
  • One of the largest personal tax burdens in the country (you’re welcome)
  • The most expensive place to drive in Canada (hello gas tax!)
  • The 2nd highest per person debt in the country (but don’t worry—you can pass that on to your children)
  • And so much more!

This is where we let you in on the joke

The last thing any of us needs is a bigger government. We’re already in first place. The current situation in Newfoundland and Labrador is unfair, unnecessary, and unacceptable.

It’s time to do things differently

We created Newfoundlanders & Labradorians for Big Government because it’s time to change the conversation and find a better solution. Also, quite frankly, we could all use a laugh right now.

We don’t think you should have to bear the burden of higher taxes when there are other solutions. We believe that government should look at itself to reduce spending before taking more out of the paycheques of hardworking Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. From regionalization of services, to partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sector, to finding efficiencies, and eliminating unnecessary or underperforming programs and services there are better ways to address the problems we’re facing.

We need to be smarter, more creative and more efficient if we’re going to make it through this crisis.

Higher taxes are not the answer. A better budget is.

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The truth isn’t pretty.

Yet, despite all this spending, our outcomes in health, education, the labour market, and infrastructure investment still underperform in comparison to the rest of the country.

We have to work together to find a better way, and it starts with a budget that reduces our spending to levels that are sustainable, focuses on improving outcomes to citizens, and provides the services we really need. We simply cannot afford to do things the way we’ve always done them.

No one wants to be back here having this same conversation in four years’ time.

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What’s this all about?

We are the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council. We advocate for fiscally responsible government.

Having disproportionately high taxes is not in our province’s best long-term interest. No one wants to live or do business in the province with the highest personal tax burden in the country. We believe that government can—and should—find savings in their own budget, before taking it from yours.

Why we need a better budget

We want a bright future for Newfoundland and Labrador. A province with competitive tax rates and responsible fiscal management will attract investment, encourage people to live and work here, and grow our economy. Low debt, a “right size” public sector, and reasonable spending will allow government the flexibility to respond to economic downturns when they happen. Our past fiscal policy of “spend and hope the price of oil stays high” is not sustainable.

Our shadow budget

In April 2016 the Employers’ Council released a shadow budget, developed with research conducted by the Conference Board of Canada. We recommended a balanced approach of reducing spending to 2009 levels over four years, combined with some modest tax increases. This shadow budget demonstrates that there is a way to avoid the long-term negative impact of significant tax increases.

Download our shadow budget

Opportunities & Solutions

In December 2015 after the Liberal government took office, the Employers’ Council submitted a briefing document to all incoming MHAs outlining our position on the province’s finances. This paper offered solutions on how government could reorganize program and service delivery and reduce the size of our public administration to be more efficient and outcome focused.

MHA Briefing Document “Opportunities & Solutions”

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