Premier Kathy Dunderdale this week made changes in her office staff again. This has been a busy summer for the premier with all the comings and goings at the top.
She replaced staff members who have moved on either to jobs outside or inside government.
Too bad the premier didn’t take the recent opportunities to show how committed she is personally to cost saving that she preached was so important for others.
In this spring’s budget Dunderdale’s Tories slashed hundreds of jobs in many departments across the civil service in the name of cost-cutting and deficit reduction.
The government made a solid case that the provincial deficit was growing and something had to be done about it or we would all end up dragged down by debt.
Departments had to adapt and keep doing their work with fewer staff, while those who were let go had to find other jobs in this province or move across the country.
Programs were cut … like some helping residents looking for jobs or others who were trying to better themselves by going back to school to get a high school diploma.
We didn’t hear much though about sucking it up in the premier’s office for the public good.
Surely, if others were expected to do their part then the person leading the way would be the first to show she is willing to do with less. Maybe the premier’s office did do its part and trim some fat, but we doubt it. We surely would have heard how she took one for the team. It’s not like any politician to make a grand sacrifice and keep quiet about it.
Just look at the brightly coloured signs that go up before any project begins that is paid for from the public purse.