I'm broadcaster Jerry Agar, sitting in for Ezra Levant, who returns tomorrow.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says he wants to raise taxes to bring the city’s public transportation system into the 21st century.
But why don’t they just cut spending and aim for efficiency instead?
I’m not just picking on one city:
On every level — municipal, provincial, federal — governments could avoid raising taxes if they’d cut wasted spending, on everything from festivals (that get corporate sponsorship anyway) and under-capacity schools, to services that could be privatized.
WATCH for all the ways I believe that governments — liberal and conservative — could save YOUR money.
NEXT I talk to Maddie Di Muccio of the York Region Taxpayers Coalition. She's a former elected official who agrees with me that too many politicians are unwilling to make tough decisions on spending. Is there any way to reform the system?
THEN: Remember postal strikes? Professor Ian Lee and I look back on those bad old days, and wonder if the Canada Post’s labour woes will impact many businesses and individuals. What's the future of public sector pension plans like the one "posties" have?