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Letter: Any other superfluous jobs among government entities?

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation's headquarters in St. John's. - @NLHousing (Twitter)
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s headquarters in St. John's. — @NLHousing via Twitter

While I was pleased to see from your article that Newfoundland and Labrador Housing is cleaning house "14 managers cut, no change in service” (The Telegram, Friday, Jan. 19), it raises a host of questions!

As taxpayers, we should demand and expect that all government departments and Crown corporations are responsible for their own expenditures, and especially the appropriate hiring of all staff members. 

The article suggests that the 14 managers are surplus to the needs of the organization and therefore being made redundant. It therefore begs the question as to why these positions were created in the first place and under whose direction? Was this “empire building”? What assurances can we, as taxpayers, expect that any hirings are necessary and required? How long have these positions been in place? What has been the total cost to the taxpayers in salary, benefits and future pension commitments? Who has oversight over the management of these departments and corporations? Where are the checks and balances?

Nobody wants to lose their job. However, at a time when our economy is in dire straits, every single position — whether in government, Crown corporations or the private sector — must be evaluated and deemed essential based on productivity, efficiency and attitude.

Dave Rudofsky
St. John’s

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