Harper plan for economic growth: more prisons http://www.seiu.ca/2010/03/harper-plan-for-economic-growth-more-pri.php
When the Harper government paroged parliament in order to "re-calibrate" the impression this left was that there would be a fervent of activity in the government ranks, experimenting and challenging themselves to push Canadians through to the other side of the recession. But when they did table the budget the catch phrase most used to describe it was, 'staying the course'. The operating budgets for federal departments would be frozen at the 2010-11 levels through 2013, while a review of program expenses would leave no stone unturned, and no expense spared.
Turns out one federal department will see its budget grow . . . and what do Canadians care about? Jobs? Health care? Corrections? That's right, corrections. According to a report in yesterday's Globe, the Correctional Service of Canada will see its budget increase by a whopping 21% over the same period of time that other departments' budgets are to be frozen or even cut. Environment Canada, for instance, will see its climate change programs cut by the same percentage that the DOC budget will grow.