OCUFA Circulates a Review of the Drummond Report

Highlights from the OCUFA report:

“The final report of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services is a poor plan for ‘transforming’ our public services. It is essentially a roadmap for huge cuts hiding behind a screen of poorly costed and considered recommendations for change. In particular, the report:
1. Is based on a variety of questionable economic assumptions, predictions and
2. Is first and foremost a plan for huge cuts;
3. Sets the stage for hard-bargaining throughout the broader public service;
4. Proposes a funding framework for higher education that does not keep pace with
inflation or enrolment, and as the paper admits, will lead to a decline in quality;
5. Provides recommendations for generating efficiency and savings in the higher
education sector, with no evidence of how this will happen or how much it will save;
6. Proposes shifting educational cost onto students and their families; and
7. Relies on third-party policy entrepreneurs for research, much of which is incorrect.

In short, this is not the way forward for Ontario. The downturn-as-justification-for-cuts scenario is an old one, and it has been rejected by the public before. It is now critical that the Government of Ontario pursue an alternative strategy that takes into account the needs and concerns of Ontarians – a strategy that protects education, promotes effective economic and social development, and rejects the logic of austerity.”

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