.My "government programs for the poor" comment was probably an oversimplificatiion. The province I live in just cut a bunch of funding for at-risk children which, in addition to costing me my job, screwed over a lot of kids I know personally. Also means that some very hard-working friends need to go on EI until they find another job (I was lucky enough to do so).
I realize that there is a bit of a paradox to supporting both fiscal conservatism and social programs. In an ideal world, there would be a happy medium between "massive deficit" and "unleashing mentally ill teenagers on society". I'm sure that many governments are working hard on trying to find social programs that help the needy without coddling the lazy, and do so in an efficient manner. Just don't see it from our own provincial gov't at the moment.