The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

April 18, 2009



Unemploynment, recession are increasing in Canada dramatlically presently  and not enough is being done about it by the governments too


 You need to get used to this fact  people lie, and often too, so does our PM stephen Harper, so do  the politicians, ministers, civil servants and cops, RCMP  now too as we all do know.. so do the statistics, polls as well.. and when you read about 10  percent uemploynment, 10 percent of reduction in manufacturing in  Canada this year, so you  now can easily, safely double those figures and that is how bad the situation really is too..


Anyone who takes home a pay cheques has definitely promised to do an assigned task honestly, and to do a full day’s related work, labor as well, Now you all know that if you have a dozen workers, at least a quarter of them next do not do their fair share of the work next.. they rather goof off on the job, they do other things on the job, they only pretend to be good workers in reality.. now that also includes our civil, public servants, politicians, ministers included.. 


I tend to highlight serious matters…and how little too often in reality our still too often lying,  pretentious , lip service governments do fail to properly act on all of the matters,,   even about  injustices, unemployment, police and health issues.  


For example I ADMIT I WAS UPSET WHEN I FOUND OUT HOW SERIOUS the finally revealed UNEMPLOYMENT WAS IN Canada..  the politicians seem to let you think it was a 2009 problem, but it had now even  existed even before 2008.., I was also seriously  upset to find out that many  educated young people were being laid off, having difficulties finding a job.. for those of you who have difficulty reading, staying focused, I also DO have related cartoons for you to look at below too..


 Recession hits young workers hard  OTTAWA – Mark Bresee had all the trappings of a successful young graduate a year ago: the plasma TV, the posh apartment and a new engineering job.    

As recession deepens, more and more jobless fall through the cracks Sat Apr 18, 1:19 PM    OTTAWA – The most severe recession in decades is exposing the gaping holes in Canada’s vaunted social safety net.  Only six months into an economic downturn, social advocates and the jobless say the employment insurance system that was supposed to cushion the fall is in reality either inadequate or so hard to access that tens of thousands of newly unemployed just don’t qualify for benefits.  As is always the case in times of economic troubles, it’s the most vulnerable in society that are being hurt most by the recession.   And it’s those Canadians, along with a smattering of individuals with unusual circumstances, who are finding the EI system not as advertised.  After giving birth last May, Maninder Rehsi of Maple, Ont., north of Toronto, was only able to acquire 430 insurable hours of work before her employer Progressive Moulded Products succumbed to the recession and went out of business, idling 2,000 workers, including her husband. Under EI requirements for her region, she was out of luck because she hadn’t accumulated 600 insurable hours over the previous 12 months.  Now Rehsi says her husband’s benefits are close to exhausted and she doesn’t know how they’ll make ends meet if they don’t find a job soon. 

  • Martin Smith of Guelph, Ont., a British manufacturing engineer who was recruited by auto parts maker Linamar (TSX:LNR) four years ago and had been paying EI premiums ever since, only to find out that for him the system was a one-way street.  When he was laid off for about seven weeks this winter, he was told his permit allowed him to work only for Linamar, hence he didn’t qualify because he couldn’t seek employment elsewhere without a new work permit.  Or Deonarine Persaud of Toronto who lost his nine-year job at a car parts supplier last May and is now barely getting by on his wife’s Wal-Mart Canada (NYSE:WMT) salary, after his EI benefits of about $400 a week ran out.  “It’s not like I don’t want to work,” said Persaud. “I used to work 50, 60 hours a week sometime. There are no jobs, not just for me, lots of people can’t get jobs now.”
  • Canada’s previously robust labour market began stalling last spring and went into a tailspin last fall, dropping 357,000 jobs since October. Economists believe as many as 600,000 Canadians could become victims this year of the worst recession in decades and possibly since the Great Depression.  It is precisely for such times that unemployment insurance was created and worked relatively well during the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s.  But unlike the past two slumps, when about 80 per cent of the unemployed collected unemployment insurance, today less than 43 per cent, or 560,000 of the 1.3 million Canadians who were officially jobless in January, are collecting benefits.  What’s more, they are likely covered for fewer weeks and are earning far less. Regardless of a worker’s salary before being laid off, EI’s top payout is $447 a week, and the average payout is abut $325 a week, the equivalent of minimum wage.
    That’s significantly less than the $595, in today’s dollars, that EI recipients were receiving in 1995, according to a calculation by the Caledon Institute, an Ottawa-based social policy think tank.  Sylvain Schetagne, an economist with the Canadian Labour Congress, explains that successive Conservative and Liberal governments in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, cut away at the employment insurance safety net until it was in shreds. 
  • There are two explanations for why the EI system was gutted, or as governments of the day put it, “reformed,” says James Struthers, a professor of Canadian studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.  The first was to save cash-strapped Ottawa money. The second was based on the prevailing deregulation mood of the times that put faith in markets and not governments to solve social problems.  That’s the nice way of putting it. The blunt way, says Struthers, is that governments felt benefits were too generous and that some Canadians were avoiding the plentiful work that was going begging during a period of economic prosperity.  The pogey-collecting Canadian sunning himself on a Florida beach was an obvious overstatement.  

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    PM Stephen Harper is also clearly traveling as much abroad as he can before he next gets fired, kicked out of office.  PM on minds of unsettled Tories   Toronto Star – ‎Apr 7, 2009‎ But there’s a whole lot of soul-searching going on here about where the Canadian conservative movement, particularly under Stephen Harper, is headed.  


     Conservatives slipping, Liberals gaining: EKOS poll – ‎Apr 16, 2009‎ Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at the end of the G20 Summit in London earlier this month. A new EKOS poll suggests public support for his Conservative  


     bad pretentious governments..  


    Judge that led inquiry into sponsorship scandal blasts lack of transparency Sat Apr 18, 3:14 PM  REGINA – REGINA – A retired Quebec judge who oversaw an inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal said Friday that unnecessary delays or outright denials of requests under the Access to Information Act are creating a lack of transparency in government.   John Gomery, speaking to a Canadian Bar Association luncheon in Regina, said this type of transparency is crucial to the Canadian public, to democracy and to society at large.   “It’s a danger to open government and to our democratic institutions, frankly. A public this isn’t informed is a public which isn’t able to vote intelligently,” he said.   Improving the flow of government information through such requests is not really on the radar of most politicians, he said.  “The whole subject has a low priority in the minds of too many politicians and definitely access to information is regarded as a pain in the neck to bureaucrats,” Gomery said.  He said he hoped that Canadians would pressure the federal government into improving the flow of information to the public.  Gomery has been critical of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in the past.  Last year, he said that it had largely ignored the 19 recommendations he made in his report on the Liberal government sponsorship scandal.   At the time, he also voiced concerns about the growing concentration of power in the Prime Minister’s Office and warned members of Parliament about what he saw as a troubling trend.  “I suggest that this trend is a danger to Canadian democracy and leaves the door wide open to the kind of political interference in the day-to-day administration of government programs that led to what is commonly called the sponsorship scandal,” Gomery said in an interview in March 2008.   In his first report, delivered in November 2005, Gomery lambasted the former Liberal government for letting politically connected middlemen skim millions of taxpayers’ dollars from sponsorship projects designed to promote federalism in Quebec.  A second report with his recommendations was released in February 2006, shortly after Harper took power.   In that report, Gomery recommended that the prime minister’s power to appoint deputy ministers and senior bureaucrats come to and end.   He also recommended limiting the authority of the Clerk of the Privy Council, the prime minister’s right-hand bureaucrat, and giving more money and staff to the Commons public accounts committee, which acts as a spending watchdog.   


    OTTAWA — Rapid contractions of both the Canadian economy and the job market eclipsed the Harper government’s stimulus package before the first dollar was dispensed, an economic think-tank says in study to be released Monday. The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the stimulus package laid out in the Jan. 27 budget was too small, too late and failed to direct the money where Canadians would get the most bang for their buck. “The size of the federal government’s stimulus package is out of proportion to the threat that Canadians are currently facing and have already ensured,” says the report, entitled Too Little Too Late. Written by CCPA economist David Macdonald, the study urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to increase the stimulus effort. The government ‘s    $29-billion stimulus package .. the economic impact of the stimulus package was “exhausted” by the end of December, almost one month before the government introduced the package, CCPA said. The study faults the government’s infrastructure program for relying too heavily on matching funds from cash-strapped provinces and municipalities, saying it will almost inevitably mean a delay in the flow of money.
    Imagine that last year the Corporate paid taxes dropped about 50 percent over the previous year showing the true recession figures.. buckle up your seat belts,  a rough ride is ahead still.



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