Today's The Globe and Mail has an article about the current exercise 17 departments and agencies are taking part in to identify and "reallocate the least useful 5 per cent of their expenditures to more important things. And if the cabinet can find a better way to spend the money, the department will lose it altogether."
Library and Archives Canada is one of the 17 organizations. Others on the list are:
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Canadian Heritage
- Canadian International Development Agency
- Canadian Museum of Civilization
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- Finance Canada
- Canadian International Trade Tribunal
- Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis
- Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- International Development Research Centre
- National Gallery of Canada
- National Museum of Science and Technology
- Parks Canada
- Statistics Canada
- Transport Canada
Pierre-Alain Bujold, another spokesman for the Treasury Board, said every department selected for review this year must identify the 5 per cent of its program spending that it considers to be the lowest-priority or lowest-performing. The departments will then determine how those funds could be reallocated internally to higher-priority programming.
The federal cabinet will decide whether the reallocation plans are appropriate, or if a program elsewhere within the government could put the funds to a better use.
Hmmm, I wonder what 5% of spending LAC considers lowest-priority or lowest-performing? CBEC? ILL? Anything related to the former National Library? Anything with the L-word?
*** According to the 2007-2008 Report on Plans and Priorities LAC was allocated $119 million.