AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label RollmannH_OnceUponATime
Date Aired or Published April 6, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Independent
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In early January 2016, the newly elected (November 2015) provincial Liberal government issued instructions to all government departments and agencies to identify cuts of 30 percent to their budgets. Some government bodies (for instance Memorial University) further downloaded these instructions onto their various departments and sub-units. All of this provoked a discussion about the nature and consequence of across-the-board cuts to government departments and agencies, particularly ones that were required to expend additional time and resources reviewing their budgets and identifying areas to cut. The commentary interrogates the government's decision utilizing a combination of humour and analysis.

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