Special for @whiff83...
... and anyone else who somehow simultaneously imagines that they are fiscally conservative, yet support the NDP government of Danny Williams and Kathy Dunderdale.
This chart shows the three-year rolling average (to smooth out a bit of lumpiness and tease out the mid-term trends) of provincial public-sector employment as a share of all employment, in any given province, at any time since Statistics Canada started counting. "Provincial public-sector employment" includes the direct provincial civil service, the public secondary and post-secondary education system, the public health-care system, and provincial crown corporations.
And this, despite a "conservative" government which came to power pledging to decrease the size of the public-sector payroll through attrition. It's remarkable, what a couple of strikes — and a scary hit in the quarterly CRA poll — can do to change your deeply-rooted fiscally-conservative beliefs.