Transport minister Lisa Raitt opines that Canada Post has "a responsibility to be self-sufficient." What the harebrained mandarin of things that move seems to have meant was that the post office must not run a deficit.
That got me thinking about other government agencies and which of them are self-sufficient. The armed forces sure as hell aren't self-sufficient. Immigration? I doubt it. Customs? I'd be surprised. How about the Queen's Printer if such a thing still exists? I know, what about the Mint? They print money, they must be self-sufficient, no? National Archives? I'm guessing no.
Then again I suppose if government services and agencies were self-sufficient we wouldn't need income taxes and excise taxes and resource royalties or any of that sort of stuff. Except we do and I'm guessing that's because there isn't hardly anything within the federal domain that's self-sufficient.
Oh well, somewhere in the recesses of those dank and curdled wee Tory brains I'm sure this is all plain as day.