Trouble in New Brunswick

February 19, 2004 6 Comments »

The New Brunswick government (PCs) claimed last year to have a $1 M surplus, but now the auditor says it was a $109 M deficit. It seems to me the auditor is right. They played games with so-called stabilization funds, which are pretty much just a bank account. I think SK does the same thing, and AB will if they get in trouble. It is bad policy, and dishonest.

In other news from NB, civil servants average 10.4 sick days a year. I have worked for about the equivalent of 5 years, and have had 3 sick days total.

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  1. Jeremy February 19, 2004 at 8:43 am -

    Dishonest is about right. Accounting gimmicks are used by all governments, which is why we have auditors. The NB Libs should take a good beating in the Legislature over this, and if they are honourable (ha!) someone should resign.

    In SK, we have a “Fiscal Stablization Fund”, which basically means we paid down high interest debt when we had a surplus, and have gone back in to debt for that same amount over the last number of years. Essentially paying off a credit card, and then drawing on a line of credit for the same amount. At least that’s my understanding.

  2. Ian H. February 19, 2004 at 3:05 pm -

    Teachers in SK get 20 sick days a year, but I don’t know what the average use is – I took two last month because I was puking up my toenails…

  3. Micky February 19, 2004 at 10:02 pm -

    The moral of Ian’s story is to not eat toenails.

    I have no problem with people missing work for being sick. But the average is not 10.4 days/year. I wonder how best to curb the abuse. Maybe only pay people say 80 % of their normal salary, at least until the problem is cleared up. It isn’t fair, but it isn’t fair that taxpayers are getting screwed.

  4. Micky February 19, 2004 at 10:03 pm -

    In response to Jeremy, it is PCs, not liberals, that are the government and should be resigning.

  5. Marc February 20, 2004 at 8:01 am -

    I know a few people who work for Gov departments that take sick days when they’re not sick because they feel it is their right to use all of them. I wouldn’t mind if they changed it to 80% of your wage for time off sick, but then again I rarely take a sick day (2 in 2 years).

    As for NB’s deficit, SK’s is rumored to be a lot more than that and the NDP has been claiming for the last 2 years that there wasn’t a deficit.

  6. Lowther Victoria June 30, 2004 at 11:49 am -

    You do a good work, keep it going