The lack of innovation in the government sector is rooted in the differences between the incentives and disciplines imposed by customers on the government and private sectors.
Prices are almost completely nonexistent for government-provided goods and services.
Now that sick days are use-it-or-lose-it, it’s much more rational to take the day at home instead.
The government sector in Alberta is unhappy and they want Premier Alison Redford and her colleagues to know it. Universities are advertising against provincial reductions in their funding; government unions are activating their members about proposed pension changes, reforms that would make them more akin to the private sector and less like a taxpayer-funded entitlement.
It is not clear why the government sector believes it must be immune from change. The case for reform is not difficult to make.