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.