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So how many public servants have to be laid off to bring things into balance?

Surely 300 or so, which is less than one per cent, will not do it.

How about 8,000?

If we had the same number of public employees as we had 20 years ago, we would have had 8,000 less.

If we had the same number by population as Ontario or Quebec it would be 20,000 less.

Even if we had the same number proportionally as P.E.I., we would have about 6,000 less.

Where I live in Cape St. George we have 2.7 town employees, and other than a small clinic and two small schools we have very few public employees.

So where are these public servants?

My guess is they are in St. John’s blocking up the Confederation Building parking lot.

It is time to return to the last time we lived on our own means and didn’t squander our temporary oil wealth to pad the civil service.

Lay ’em off, Dwight, if you have the courage to do so.

Peter Fenwick, former politician, Cape St. George

Surely 300 or so, which is less than one per cent, will not do it.

How about 8,000?

If we had the same number of public employees as we had 20 years ago, we would have had 8,000 less.

If we had the same number by population as Ontario or Quebec it would be 20,000 less.

Even if we had the same number proportionally as P.E.I., we would have about 6,000 less.

Where I live in Cape St. George we have 2.7 town employees, and other than a small clinic and two small schools we have very few public employees.

So where are these public servants?

My guess is they are in St. John’s blocking up the Confederation Building parking lot.

It is time to return to the last time we lived on our own means and didn’t squander our temporary oil wealth to pad the civil service.

Lay ’em off, Dwight, if you have the courage to do so.

Peter Fenwick, former politician, Cape St. George

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