In response to the February 15 Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services report – widely referred to as the Drummond report after its author, retired banker Don Drummond – the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives hosted a public meeting, entitled Deconstructing Drummond, in Toronto to examine the 362 recommendations within the report.
The event drew a packed house, with an audience representing the full spectrum of civil society – all concerned about the harmful effects an austerity agenda could have on the economy and on the people of Ontario.
CCPA Research Associates – economists Hugh Mackenzie and Jim Stanford – presented their analysis of the report's fiscal and economic projections.
In his presentation, Hugh Mackenzie talked about how the debate is being manipulated to trump up a sense of economic crisis when there are revenue and other fiscal options to manage a deficit reduction program that follows a more sensible path. View the slides from his presentation below: