"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Friday, December 14, 2012


This chart shows the change, and mostly growth, in the size of the provincial public sector — that is, the sum of employment in the civil service, schools, post-secondary education system, public health care, and provincial crown corporations.

It covers the past ten years, on a rolling twelve-month average, distinguishing by colour the various ministers who have held the finance portfolio since 2003.

The trend since 2006 is plainly seen. And eagle-eyed observers will notice something interesting about the trendline in 2011-2012, even as the Dunderdale government started preaching, though not practicing, austerity.

Raw data is from StatsCan CANSIM Table 183-0002. As part of the federal government program review, StatsCan discontinued this dataset at the end of March, 2012.



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