[Having promised to reduce the PST back to 7% during the first PC term] creates a drive to achieve at least that much in savings so that you can do that and I'm committed to doing that.
Okay, everyone: cutting is the main thing. Doesn't matter what. Doesn't matter why.
This quotation is an astonishing admission that they are making arbitrary promises to cut in order to force themselves to make cuts. The cuts are the be-all, end-all of the Tory plan. They don't have any specific targets of waste and inefficiency. Nope, because—as Pallister admitted in another interview—he actually has no idea where these "cost savings" are going to come from.
Reminds me of Rob Ford and his mythical "gravy train" at Toronto city hall.
The Manitoba Tories: promising to cut government spending, no matter if it's a good idea or not!
Also, waitasec. Did you just say "at least that much". So your existing plan to cut across the board might just be the start? YIKES.