Abbotsford Chamber applauds provincial core review

The local group believes it's a good time to take a close look at all areas of government spending.

Mike Welte

Mike Welte

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, together with BC Chamber of Commerce, is commending the provincial government for advancing plans for a core review, which targets greater efficiency and accountability in government’s use of taxpayers’ dollars.

“Limiting increases in the amount of public money put into programs does not address the question of whether a program is necessary and effective.

“In our ever-changing world we need to assure taxpayers that their dollars are being appropriately allocated to our province’s most critical and current needs,” said Abbotsford Chamber president Mike Welte.

The chamber believes that now is the time to take a close look at all areas of government spending to ensure they are delivering the priority programs and services to B.C.ers as efficiently, effectively, and affordably as possible.

“We think a core review with this mandate and scope promises substantive gains for B.C.’s taxpayers,” said John Winter, the BC Chamber’s president and CEO.

Winter said some of the best news coming out of the government’s just-released terms of reference for the review includes:

• The broad scope of the initiative, which includes B.C. ministries, boards, commissions, Crown agencies, schools, universities, colleges and hospitals; and

• An emphasis on finding alternative, more cost-efficient service delivery models.

“We’re very pleased to see that the government is truly trying to put its house in order, including tackling areas of public concern such as B.C.’s Crown corporations,” Winter said.