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Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services
("The Drummond Commission"`)


Ontario Receives Report From Drummond Commission

http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2012/02/ontario-receives-report-from-drummond-commission.html

February 15, 2012
News Release
The McGuinty government today received the report of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services. (...) Recognizing that this new era of slower global economic growth requires lowering program spending growth further, in March 2011 the government established the commission to provide additional advice on how to make long-term, fundamental changes to the way government delivers services. The report will inform the 2012 Budget. The McGuinty government will decide how to move forward.
Source:
Government of Ontario
http://www.ontario.ca/

The Drummond Report:
[Ontario Ministry of Finance website]

1. Executive Summary
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/chapters/summary.html

2. Complete report:

Public Services for Ontarians : A Path to Sustainability and Excellence
Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services

February 2012
By Don Drummond

PDF version (5.6MB, 562 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/chapters/report.pdf

HTML version
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/index.html

Table of Contents:
NOTE: Only the Health and Social Programs chapters are highlighted below.
To select another chapter, click the HTML version link above.
* Message from the Chair
* Commission Member Biographies
* Executive SummaryChapter 1: The Need for Strong Fiscal Action
Chapter 2: The Fiscal Challenge in Context
Chapter 3: Our Mandate and Approachnd Services Look Like?
Chapter 4: Making Transformation Work: Process and Structures
Chapter 5: Health
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/chapters/ch5.html
Chapter 6: Elementary and Secondary Education
Chapter 7: Post-Secondary Education
Chapter 8: Social Programs
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/chapters/ch8.html
Chapter 9: Employment and Training Services
Chapter 10: Immigration
Chapter 11: Business Support
Chapter 12: Infrastructure, Real Estate and Electricity
Chapter 13: Environment and Natural Resources
Chapter 14: Justice Sector
Chapter 15: Labour Relations and Compensation
Chapter 16: Operating and Back-Office Expenditures
Chapter 17: Government Business Enterprises
Chapter 18: Revenue Integrity
Chapter 19: Liability Management
Chapter 20: Intergovernmental Relations
Appendix 1: Commission Recommendations
Appendix 2: List of Acronyms

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Chapter 8
Social Programs
Recommendations:

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/chapters/ch8.html
* Hold growth in social programs spending to 0.5 per cent per year.
* Move aggressively towards a fully integrated benefits system
* The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario should examine system design options that deliver a more efficient and higher-quality service to social assistance recipients. This examination should consider combining Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, and having the combined program delivered at the local level.
* Advocate for federal reforms in two key areas:
--- Work with other provinces and the federal government to establish a national income-support program for people with disabilities who are unlikely to re-enter the workforce.
--- Implement the final recommendations of the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force.
* the maximum level of the Ontario Child Benefit should be frozen.
* [Click the link above for more recommendations, including changes to child and youth mental health services, children’s services, health, education, youth justice, developmental services funding, the non-profit sector, etc.]

Source:
Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/announcement.html

The rest of the links on this page are in reverse chronological order

 

 

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"Demolition Don"
by Dizzy Minott at the Lula Lounge

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With commentary by Linda McQuaid

Source:
OperationMaple.com ("Take Canada Back!")
http://www.operationmaple.com/

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Northern Juggernaut?
A Look Inside the Canadian Economy with Don Drummond
(interview)
http://hir.harvard.edu/northern-juggernaut-a-look-inside-the-canadian-economy-with-don-drummond
By Winston Gee
February 17, 2012
Source:
Harvard International Review
http://hir.harvard.edu/

Below, Erin Weir of the Progressive Economics Forum
responds to the Harvard International Review interview with Don Drummond:

Drummond Misdiagnoses Ontario’s Economy
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/02/20/drummond-misdiagnoses-economy/
By Erin Weir
February 20, 2012
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

[ Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations. ]

More Progressive Economics Forum postings about
Don Drummond's work including his latest report
:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/category/don-drummond/

 

From
The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVOntario):

Selling the Drummond Report (video, duration 40 minutes)
http://ww3.tvo.org/video/172883/selling-drummond-report
February 20, 2012
Economist Don Drummond says changes have to be made.
Ontario politicians say changes are politically unpalatable.
The Agenda examines the divide on Drummond.

Guests:
* Michael Decter - Health Care Analyst
* John Duffy - Principal, StrategyCorp
* Eric Lascelles - Chief Economist, RBC Global Asset Management
* Armine Yalnizyan - Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* Rocco Rossi - Businessperson and Former Ontario PC Candidate, Eglinton - Lawrence

COMMENT: What, only THREE suits ganging up on Armine??
What is this, TVOntario or Faux News North?
A little balance would be nice...

Source:
The Agenda

http://theagenda.tvo.org/
TVOntario
http://ww3.tvo.org/home

 

From the
Toronto Star:

Drummond Report: Hospital amalgamations and more power for LHINs among recommendations
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1131861
February 15, 2012
By Tanya Talaga
The prescription to fix Ontario’s health system may sound harsh — amalgamating hospitals, reducing the powers of doctors in policy decisions and empowering local health integration networks — but it may be necessary for patients, says the commission in charge of reforming public services. Economist Don Drummond believes a 20-year plan — shepherded by a new health commission — is needed to achieve the 105 recommendations he says must happen to drive down out-of-control health spending costs.

Drummond Report: Higher hydro bills, more user fees urged in sweeping report
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1131820
February 15, 2012
By Robert Benzie
Gloom — or doom. Ontarians could face higher hydro bills, bigger school classes, fewer hospitals, more expensive tuition and user fees to protect the future of provincial public services. That’s the grim message from Don Drummond, chair of the commission on public-service reform. His two-volume, 665-page report delivered Wednesday is so weighty that a table collapsed when Ontario Provincial Police officers unloaded copies in the media lock-up.
Comments (52):
http://goo.gl/t443w

Walkom: The real victims of the Drummond report’s cuts
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1133243
February 17, 2012
By Thomas Walkom
In his former life as a bank economist, Drummond routinely calculated the effect of government spending on employment. Yet in this report there is nothing, even though he acknowledges he is proposing cuts on an “unprecedented” scale. (...) if we maintain, as Drummond once did, that government spending does matter, a different picture emerges. Rough calculations, based on his figures and finance department estimates, suggest that the Drummond plan will end up throwing roughly 250,000 additional Ontarians out of work by 2018. Even without another global crisis, that translates into an unemployment rate of about 11 per cent.
Is this really where the McGuinty government wants to go?
Comments (55):
http://goo.gl/RZZfz

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

 

From the
Progressive Economics Forum:

Drummond: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/02/15/drummond-good-bad-ugly/
By Erin Weir
February 15, 2012
The Good
While the McGuinty government prevented the Commission from considering tax rates, it proposes some sensible measures to raise revenue, including combating corporate tax avoidance and cracking down on the underground economy. (...) We should ... scrutinize the supposed benefits of cutting the corporate income tax rate.
(...)
The Bad
Unfortunately, the McGuinty government appointed the Commission to usher in an age of austerity. Drummond does so by positing that spending will grow twice as fast as, and revenue will grow much less than, provincial budget projections (Table 1.1). Instead of a balanced budget by 2017-18, Drummond’s scenario projects a $30-billion deficit that year.
(...)
The Ugly
The Drummond report contains several seemingly unpalatable cuts such as cancelling full-day kindergarten (except at the few schools that already have it). These objectionable proposals could serve to allow the McGuinty government to make other deep cuts that seem less painful. Drummond recommends that “the province either terminate the Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund or explore the possibility of transferring it to a private insurer.” This fund backstops pensions when an employer goes bankrupt, safeguarding the retirement income of Ontario workers.

The Ontario government should adopt the good, minimize the bad by reversing corporate tax cuts and permanently restricting HST input tax credits, and forget the ugly.

Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

[ Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations. ]

 

Pre-release links (thanks to Alizeh Hussain of
Family Service Toronto):
http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/

· TVO production puts a few things into perspective:
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/waiting-drummond

· The Toronto Star reports that more than a quarter of Drummond’s recommendations will be on health care http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1131426--drummond-report-controversial-prescription-in-store-for-health-care

· Don Drummond on his experience of running the commission and writing the report
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/don-drummond-says-ont-deficit-report-the-culmination-of-his--career-139344583.html

· In the Globe and Mail - “…starting Wednesday, it will also fall to Ontarians to decide what they think is palatable; to consider the balance between sustainability and immediate need that other parts of the Western world are already agonizing over. And it will fall to their government to start implementing difficult changes that, at some level, it’s long known are needed.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/ontario-gears-up-for-a-different-life-post-drummond/article2338738/

· RNAO Economist Kim Jarvi’s Op Ed in the Hamilton Spectator – “Drummond says cut, but a wider conversation on options is needed” http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/671371--ontario-sleepwalking-over-a-precipice


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