christy Clark announces “core review” of government programs

Goal of review: reduce overall program spending by $50 million this year

July 30, 2013   Andrew Phillip Chernoff

One of the cabinet’s first tasks will be a "core review" of government programs, with a target of reducing overall program spending by $50 million this year, it was announced today.

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett is in charge of the cost-cutting exercise, and is to release terms of reference for it on Wednesday.

Clark has described this core review as different from the one that former premier Gordon Campbell led after the B.C. Liberal Party formed government in 2001. The new review will focus on identifying functions that don’t need to be done by government, and reducing excessive regulation that Clark described as a natural accumulation of all governments over time.

Premier Clark made the announcement  in Vancouver when she took a break from cabinet meetings to be sworn in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

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