Brian Jean promises $2.6B in immediate cuts if elected

Brian Jean announced his economic policy Tuesday, promising $2.6 billion in immediate cuts if elected but offering few specifics on which government services he would slash or provincial employees he’ll fire to account for those savings.

At a news conference in downtown Calgary, Jean promised to freeze salaries, not fill positions left by retiring workers and fire managers. He specifically mentioned Alberta Health Services as one area where he wants to reduce management, but offered no other information on which government departments he’ll target if elected premier.

“The plan I’m releasing today includes $2.6 billion in immediate operational spending reductions, controlling all costs across the public sector so we can freeze and reduce spending,” Jean said.

“This includes thinning out the ranks of managers managing managers managing more managers across government through attrition.”