Friday, April 27, 2012

Left Hook, meet body shot

This guy is great...

http://lefthookmb.blogspot.ca/2012/04/exaggerating-size-of-manitobas-public.html

Exaggerating? If you read his post, he'll tell you that the numbers for Manitoba's public sector is actually smaller than the Taxpayers Federation tells us it is.

Let's begin with a rhetorical question. Who would you believe? A group that represents the very people many feel are providing less for more, or the Taxpayers Federation?

This guy tells us we shouldn't count the employees of  Manitoba Crown Corporation in the "civil service". REALLY? They seem to be members of the MGEU (Manitoba Government Employees Union). http://www.mgeu.ca/links/mb_public_insurance_corporation_08-12.pdf
Ummm, I'm not even sure what to say to argue his point it's so nonsensical.

What's more, he tells us that MPI is one of the largest employers in Manitoba. Perhaps someone should find out how many people are involved in the private sector auto insurance industry in other provinces and ad them all up to see if they too would be that "bloated". A comparison of wages and benefits might be a good idea too.

TKO

1 comment:

  1. "Let's begin with a rhetorical question. Who would you believe? A group that represents the very people many feel are providing less for more, or the Taxpayers Federation?"

    Re-framed another way, who are you going to trust more - an organization that represents workers or a rightwing think tank with a "apple pie" type name?

    "This guy tells us we shouldn't count the employees of Manitoba Crown Corporation in the "civil service". REALLY? They seem to be members of the MGEU (Manitoba Government Employees Union). http://www.mgeu.ca/links/mb_public_insurance_corporation_08-12.pdf
    Ummm, I'm not even sure what to say to argue his point it's so nonsensical."

    Uh, no, it's not. Crown Corporations aren't purely redistributive departments and Left Hook doesn't play special pleading - he fairly also subtracts crown corp employees from Canada as a whole, which leads to a very small change (from 20% to 19%), whereas the difference is six percentage points in Manitoba.

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