To slay the deficit and keep Ontario competitive, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce believes the government must seriously consider the package of reforms coming out of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Service (the Drummond Report). The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce supports the innovative nature of the report as it takes a systematic approach to change in very challenging economic times. It attempts to manage fiscal realities as it seeks to return the province to fiscal balance without sacrificing investment in future innovation.
“The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce supports the intent of the Drummond Report as it sets the stage for Ontario’s future,” said Geoff Michie, President of the Chamber. “It recommends a fundamental shift in the way Ontario does business and offers a practical approach on how to get there.”
Ontario’s business community has been asking the government to get the province’s fiscal house in order by setting out a deficit reduction plan, negotiating a new fiscal deal with the federal government, finding efficiencies in service delivery and managing public sector compensation. This report responds to those ideas, while calling on the private sector to play a role of its own.
The business community is certainly willing to do their part and welcomes the invitation to contribute to service delivery. Now more than ever, the government needs to look to the private and non-profit sectors to partner in the delivery of services and financing of public projects. It is this push towards innovation that will increase productivity and provide Ontario with a sustainable economy in the 21st century.
“The report challenges traditional assumptions and encourages cooperation in non-traditional areas,” said Bob Malcolmson, CEO & General Manager of the Chamber. “This is a radical but informed report and, as a province, we need to work together to put Ontario on a new path towards competitiveness and prosperity. Government and elected officials at all levels must immediately act in Ontario’s interest and not let partisan politics get in the way.”
Indeed, all sectors and all Ontarians need to play a role in balancing the provincial deficit and moving Ontario into its next great economic era.