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June 5, 2009

May 29, 2009






CONSERVATIVE Ottawa posts first annual deficit in more than a decade  National Post –’

Chris Selley’s Full Pundit: Brother, can you spare 500 billion dimes? National Post – ‎May 28, 2009‎ Jim Flaherty is easily the worst finance minister in Canadian history, 


Flaherty says he won’t resign over deficit outrage. – ‎May 28, 2009‎ OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty insisted Thursday that Canada is in “good shape” despite news the federal deficit would exceed $50 billion this  

Flaherty fails his own 120-day test: No jobs, no infrastructure, at least $50 billion deficit OTTAWA – Having arrived at Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 120-day self-imposed deadline for stimulus spending, the only result the Harper Conservatives can point to is a record deficit of at least $50-billion and stalled stimulus projects throughout the country, Finance Critic John McCallum said today.

Just the Facts: Jim Flaherty’s top 10 mismanagement moments “”I’m comfortable with our projections. I’m staying with our budget projection. We’re on track.” 

– Jim Flaherty on the budget deficit, April 22, 2009 

1. Broken promise on income trusts. By imposing a punitive 31.5 per cent tax on income trusts, the Conservative government raided the hard-earned savings of Canadian seniors. 

2. Record deficits. Minister Flaherty appears incapable of managing Canada’s finances. In September, he said there wouldn’t be a recession. In October, he promised no deficits. In November, he predicted a surplus. In January, he tabled a budget with a $34 billion deficit. Yesterday, it turned into a deficit of at least $50 billion – the largest in Canadian history. 

3. Raised income taxes. The 2006 Conservative Budget legislated an increase in the lowest tax rate to 15.5 per cent as of July 1, 2006, reversing the previous Liberal government’s reduction to the lowest personal income tax rate from 16 per cent to 15 per cent effective January 1, 2005. 

4. Failure to get Building Canada Fund infrastructure spending out the door. In the first year following the launch of the $8.8-billion Building Canada Fund, the Conservative government flowed zero funding to infrastructure projects. As recently as February 2009, officials at Infrastructure Canada admitted that of the $1.5 billion announced in its first two years of budgeted spending, only $80 million has flowed for municipal infrastructure projects across the country – only 5%. 

5. Broken 120-day economic stimulus promise. Minister Flaherty’s January 2009 budget explicitly stated, “Measures to support the economy must begin within the next 120 days to be most effective.” Yet recent media reports confirm that little infrastructure money has flowed, even for projects strictly under federal jurisdiction. 

6. Broken promise on equalization. Minister Flaherty’s 2007 budget broke his government’s promise to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador that they would honour the Atlantic Accord commitment to leave 100 per cent of benefits from offshore resources exempt from equalization calculations. 

7. Fudging the environmental benefit of the public transit tax credit. Minister Flaherty dedicated $635 million to a public transit tax credit that his government claimed would reduce green house gas emissions by 220,000 per year. Environment Canada amended the figure for expected reductions to an average of 35,000 tonnes per year-about 16 percent of the original estimate. In February 2009, Auditor General Sheila Fraser concluded that the public transit tax credit will have a negligible impact on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. She went on to say that it is almost impossible to measure actual greenhouse gas emission reductions attributable to the tax credit, as many factors influence public transit ridership, including the price of gasoline. 

8. Fiscal update led to Parliamentary crisis. Minister Flaherty’s 2008 Fall Economic Statement caused a Parliamentary crisis by proposing zero economic stimulus measures on the eve of the recession, focusing instead on partisan measures and cutting funding for pay equity. Prime Minister Harper was forced to prorogue Parliament to save his job, but not before he nearly sparked a national unity crisis by pitting region against region with his rhetoric in the House of Commons. 

9. Cuts to culture funding. Minister Flaherty cut $45 million of federal culture funding last year, despite the fact that Canada’s culture sector directly contributed $46 billion – 3.8 per cent – to Canada’s GDP in 2007. The cuts affected every sector in the culture industry, be it international touring for performing arts groups, funding for new-media research or independent film production, or financial support for Canadian writers – touching off a Canada-wide backlash among cultural organizations. 

10. Cuts to scientific research. Minister Flaherty cut funding by $148 million in January’s budget to Canada’s three granting councils-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. According to Statistics Canada, total federal funding for science and technology in 2008 was $365 million less than in 2005 when adjusted for inflation.


CHARLOTTETOWN – A Conservative member of Prince Edward Island’s legislature has been charged with assault in connection with an incident at a demonstration earlier this month over a controversial immigration program.  The charge against Mike Currie, a longtime member of the house, was filed at the provincial court in Charlottetown today.   Protester Rob MacEachern filed a complaint with Charlottetown police on May 6, alleging he was grabbed in the face and chest during the demonstration that day. MacEachern alleges the incident happened after he asked whether Currie’s wife had benefited from the Provincial Nominee Program.The controversial program, which has been heavily criticized by the province’s auditor general, required prospective immigrants to provide funds for local businesses.MacEachern has been a vocal opponent of the administration of the program for months.

May 13, 2009

April 29, 2009

Stephen Harper considering a sleep in


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal Party, which has been climbing in recent opinion polls, is also regaining its financial footing and the political unity it needs to fight a new election, leader Michael Ignatieff said on Thursday. But Ignatieff added he was still in no rush to force an election so soon after last October’s vote, and told party activists they still had hard work to do to regain the Liberals’ standing as a “national institution” that could elect candidates in all parts of the country.. “We have a unified party. We have a party out of debt. And we have a party basically ready to fight an election,” he told reporters in Vancouver at the start of the Liberal’s Party national convention.



The new Harper coalition: The sound you hear is Stephane Dion   National Post –  Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Stephen Harper once say something about the inadvisability of getting into bed with the socialists and separatists?  On Wednesday, Parliament witnessed a bizarre move when the Conservatives voted in favour of a Bloc motion that transfers $2.6 billion to Quebec and allows the province to administer its own sales tax.


 Once again due to an obvious great fear of losing his job, becoming unemployed, losing the fringe benefits Shockingly Canada’s prime minister Stephen  Harper is considering a coalition sleep in,  he again hypocritically is considering doing the same thing he bashed others before for doing  … 



“CTV reports on a Conservative Party strategy to block the Liberal resurgence by … wait for it … cooperating with the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois to avoid a non-confidence vote and an election that they will probably lose.  In exchange for continued support, the Bloc seeks tax harmonization with the federal government and improvements to Employment Insurance. The NDP also wants changes to EI, plus more pension protection and stricter rules for credit card companies.  Of course, this is precisely the way Parliament is supposed to work: the governing party is supposed to introduce legislation that has the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons so that it can retain the confidence of the House.  But damn, the optics sure don’t look good for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who excoriated the Liberal Party in December and provoked a Constitutional crisis for doing the same thing.  At the time, Harper managed to avoid the defeat of his government in a non-confidence vote by successfully petitioning the Governer General to prorogue Parliament and avoid facing the elected House of Commons until announcing the 2009 Federal budget in January.   By that time, the Liberal Party had replaced lame duck leader Stéphane Dion with Michael Ignatieff, who decided that the Liberal Party’s agenda could better be served by withdrawing from a coalition with the NDP (and supported by the Bloc) and biding his time until public sentiment shifted away from the Conservatives. Public polling data since January has shown a steady slide in public support for the Conservatives as voters have shifted back to the Liberals.”  




A good leader knows when he’s in trouble. And Stephen Harper, on his 50th birthday, is in deep trouble. He’s in trouble in the country, especially in Quebec; in trouble with the public service, which is putting down tools with his government; and increasingly in trouble with the Conservative Party, whose fault lines are cracking under the divisive and mean-spirited management style of the Prime Minister’s Office. But Harper is apparently oblivious to how much trouble he’s in, because there’s no one, other than Laureen Harper, who can tell him. He is a leader without confidants and without mentors. There is no one to tell him what he needs to hear, as opposed to what he wants to hear: not in the cabinet, not in the caucus, and certainly not in his own office

April 28, 2009



 Unacceptable new Conservatives lack of compassion, indifference, bad  ideology, obstinance, stubbornness – and  when asked in Parliament last week about making more workers eligible for EI, Diane Finley, minister of human resources, delivered this astonishing reply: “It is true that not everyone is eligible. Unfortunately, that is the way the system is,” well Minister you have the power to change it for the good of us all, so di it now.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists the Conservative Government is doing everything it can to help people forced out of work by the recession.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff points out that while new EI claims were up nearly 19 per cent in February, the number of people actually receiving benefits increased by less than eight per cent.

The federal government is looking increasingly NAIVE, INCOMPETENT in the face of MORE AND MORE bad economic news. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his crew appear to be DREAMING the recession away in it;s own rather than taking real, valid additional steps to counter it now.


 New Conservatives care only about helping themselves!

Manitoba government hopes for federal flood help in weeks, not months:minister Tue Apr 28,  OTTAWA – Two federal cabinet ministers have assured the Manitoba government that helping flood victims is a top priority and that any federal programs will be expedited, the province’s emergency measures minister said Tuesday.
Exposure and prosecution of the bad, guilty persons serves everyone’s best interest. 
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spent much of the weekend scolding other western countries, in particular the United States, for slow action on delivering stimulus packages and implementing reforms in their banking systems. He should take a look around his own backyard.. Where is all that money the Harper Conservatives promised to start rebuilding the Canadian economy? what’s stopping him from speeding up the response in Canada? He is the finance minister, after all.  it is less clear that the Harper Conservatives have delivered on promises to move swiftly to stimulate the Canadian economy.   “We are facing harsh economic conditions, and while the government must be applauded for its budget focus on infrastructure and job creation, we are concerned that delays in announcing details on how municipalities can access the fund might mean that we will lose this construction season,” Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly. The economic problems have only deepened. The longer Ottawa drags out this process, the longer a recovery will be delayed. By the time municipalities get approval from Ottawa and the province for their projects and then qualify for funding with CMHC, several more months will likely pass. .  Diane Finley, minister responsible for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp., announced a $2-billion fund for low-cost loans to municipalities. The money will help municipalities cover their share of funding for infrastructure projects. Typically, these projects comprise equal one-third funding shares from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The difficulty for smaller municipalities in regions with less boisterous economies is coming up with their share to participate in these federal programs. Ottawa’s ‘concern’ reaches out to Strathcona voters  Edmonton Journal –  The answer is furnished by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who — in his photograph — sits back on a chesterfield with a gorgeous flower pillow 
and when they do, it is because they often have borrowed money from the money from some other budget of theirs, and next it has to be repaid, so that money is actually not available for any real expenditure programs. More jobs now are still being lost, access to capital is still squeezed, provincial tax revenues are shrinking and people are also still having trouble getting employment insurance benefits in a timely manner. A federal budget focus on infrastructure and job creation based on Municipal projects mostly is also a very bad approach.. Business persons also now need real support as well to develop, to find new effective products, services, markets. A lot more real effective work needs to be done by the finance minister and the federal government still as well.. Now do it.. Action speak louder over  cheap words.   


“Now friends, I am not here to tell you everything we are doing as a government is perfect. We are operating in a very difficult political and economic environment. Options are limited, risk is everywhere, but I can tell you we are on the right track” PM Stephen Harper
PM STEPHEN HARPER OFTEN REMINDS ME OF THE BAD RCMP,  even in that both have to use PR, public relationships promotions to advertise their supposed effectiveness because it is clear THAT OTHERWISE it is still very not directly obvious to most of the citizens.. because it does not exist, is a falsehood..

Harper missing while we struggle Windsor Star –  Stephen Harper and the Conservative government don’t seem to have any plan for Canada today or in the future

Inspector found problems with Maple Leaf plant’s records before outbreak Tue Apr 28,  TORONTO – The Maple Leaf plant at the centre of last summer’s deadly listeriosis outbreak wasn’t properly recording the cleaning of its meat slicing equipment earlier in the year, federal inspection records reveal.
Unemployment insurance claims show recession afflicting all parts of Canada Tue Apr 28,  OTTAWA – The worst recession in decades is not choosing favourites, hammering Canadian workers regardless of where they live, new data on employment insurance payouts show.

Province refused to release report on welfare leavers, The British Columbia government has suppressed a report on what happens to people who leave the province’s welfare system,

Welfare to work CEO got million dollar raise  April 22, 2009 12:57 pm The CEO of an American company that provides job placement services to British Columbia welfare recipients got a $1 million pay raise in 2008. A single person on welfare in B.C. who is classified as “expected to work” receives $610 a month, or $7,320 a year. The company’s former vice president responsible for government relations and communications, Robin Adair, is now a B.C. Liberal Party candidate in Saanich South.

Auditor General slams BC failure on homelessness The British Columbia government has so far failed to develop a plan to reduce homelessness, according to a report released by Auditor General John Doyle  “We found significant activity and resources being applied to homelessness issues but there is no provincial homelessness plan with clear goals and objectives,” Doyle wrote. “The absence of clear goals and objectives raises questions about whether the right breadth and intensity of strategies are being deployed.” The government does not even have a grasp of the size of the problem, he said. “The lack of good comprehensive information about the nature and extent of homelessness in the province” makes it difficult to plan, he said. The only figures available are from homelessness counts conducted by municipalities and regional districts that likely underestimate the problem, he said. Those counts have been rising. “The continuing increase in the number of homeless counted suggests a lack of success in managing homelessness, let alone reducing it.” There is a good financial case to be made for better addressing homelessness, he said. “The cost of public services to a homeless person is significantly higher than to that same person being provided with appropriate housing and support services.”



DO IT NOW! HELP US NOW, political cartoons

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.



    April 1, 2009

    Canadians still in serious vulnerability, risk in this recession

    The Good or bad news which do you want first?
    An ostrich based Conservative government that falsely denies reality, is self centered can never effectively help Canadians in time of their need..
    -Also  Serious Cuts to social assistance, unemployment insurance, and other government transfers have weakened Canada’s automatic stabilizers, which kick in during recessions to cushion the blow for vulnerable citizens and help maintain consumer demand. 
    Now Prime Minister Stephen Harper  he will undoubtedly tell others   that Canada is well positioned to manage the crisis domestically. 
    Now  in reality while  Canada is certainly better positioned than most to implement an aggressive fiscal stimulus package to cushion the blow of the recession, for we have one of the lowest debt-to-GDP burdens of any industrialized country. This advantage, however, is still mostly  meaningless for Canada enters this recession in a far more vulnerable state than in past recessions 
    .– Furthermore Historically, a large Canadian public sector provided stable jobs and vital public services, making it an effective counterbalance to contraction in the private sector. This stabilizing force in the Canadian economy is now dramatically smaller  down from 50 per cent of GDP in 1994 to 34 per cent of GDP in 2004. Without the full  supportive mechanisms, the recession will be deeper and more prolonged than in the past.

    -Plus changes over the past decade in the structure of Canadian production and exports have resulted in a dramatic proportional rise in resource exports and a corresponding decline in manufacturing exports.  Always a trade-dependent country (accounting for about one-third of our GDP), Canada is now even more vulnerable to volatile commodity price and volume swings. This vulnerability is heightened by the fact that more than 80 per cent of our exports go to the U.S. In the last six months alone, these exports have fallen by one-third… Counting on a U.S. recovery to spark a revival of Canadian exports and free-ride our economy out of recession may have worked in the past, but the U.S. is not likely to come out of the current recession any time soon.


    Harper also falsely  has been peddling an upbeat  type message that economic recovery is just around the corner, a message that flies in the face of a deteriorating economy., real economic vulnerabilities underlying Canada’s economy.  So with an intervention-averse Conservative government at the helm, Canada’s recession will be deeper and more prolonged than it needs to be. Many more people will suffer. And the cost to the economy  and to our way of life  will next be profound.

      There  0recession-2is no good news in these matters yet..

    -For many Canadians, stagnant wages and low interest rates depleted savings and led to the ballooning of personal debt as a way for many as a way  to maintain to their standard of living.

    March 28, 2009
















    Canada’s building permits down 16% in Feb. –  Canadian companies took out 16 per cent fewer building permits in February, according to new numbers released Monday. Statistics Canada said the dollar value of permits issued by municipalities reached $3.7 billion in the second month of the year,



    March 25, 2009

    295,000 Canadian job losses

    While Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday March 24, 2009 that 560,400 Canadians were getting regular employment insurance benefits in January, 104,000 more or 22.8 per cent more than 11 months earlier and 23,700 more than in December. Opposition parties demanded Tuesday that the government improve benefits to the unemployed, saying the current program covers less than half of the unemployed. He noted that of the 1.3 million officially unemployed, only 560,000 are collecting benefits. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, said 80 per cent of individuals who pay into the system qualify for benefits. Many part-time workers and the self-employed do not qualify for EI and of course, there are cases where they do not have sufficient hours,” 295,000 job losses of the past four months are just the beginning and that more Canadians will be thrown out of work this year. Every member of Parliament has been flooded with calls from constituents complaining about delays in receiving their benefits. Liberal, NDP and Bloc Quebecois MPs attacked the government for failing to prepare adequately for the hundreds of thousands who have lost their jobs in the past four months and hundreds of thousands more expected to join the ranks of the unemployed this year. They have called for major changes to the system because many part-time workers and self-employed workers are not eligible for benefits. But while the government expanded unemployment benefits a maximum of five weeks during the Jan. 28 budget, it is clear it did not foresee jobs disappearing as quickly as they have. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said   “Obviously, the unemployment numbers are getting worse.”
    ALL THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT  CHANGE FROM HARPER’S ORIGINAL PAST STATEMENT THAT THERE WILL BE NO MAJOR RECESSION IN CANADA MONTHS AGO. Opposition parties say thousands of Canadians are being denied needed employment insurance benefits because the federal government was slow in getting the system ready for the massive demand. Stephen Harper and the  federal Conservatives themselves have been unacceptably  very slow to deal with the negative impact of the recession in Canada in reality.



    Flood of EI claims overwhelms staff Toronto Star –  OTTAWA – Employment insurance claims jumped by almost 24000 in January, a spike that has sent the Conservative government scrambling to hire more staff to handle the flood of claims.






    Vancouver remains Canada’s wealthiest city

    March 24, 2009


    (Eph 5:5 KJV)  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
    Mountie had ‘no plan’ when approaching Dziekanski Most experienced RCMP  officer involved in fatal confrontation says he ordered tasering, but concedes he was not ‘current’ on weapon. Cpl. Robinson said he was trained in the use of tasers in 2003, but did not go through refresher training until a month after the incident. He was suspended with pay from that post after an October auto accident INVOLVING DUI.‘I was mistaken,’ Mountie testifies after recanting statement at
    Robert Dziekanski’s distraught mother tried Monday to confront the RCMP officer who was in charge the night her son was Tasered and died at the Vancouver airport. “I have only one question for this man: Where is my son now?” she asked outside the Braidwood inquiry into Taser use and Dziekanski’s death. Zofia Cisowski said she was no more impressed with RCMP Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson than she was with his three predecessors, nor did she accept an apology he offered on the stand. “He tells the same story as the other police. His words are empty,” Cisowski said.


    RCMP acknowledges public trust eroded after Dziekanski incident  Vancouver Sun –  By Neal Hall, Vancouver SunMarch 24, 2009 VANCOUVER – The RCMP realizes the level of public trust in the force has dropped as a result of evidence emerging at the Braidwood inquiry, which is probing the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport


    Mountie fails to have driving ban lifted The Province – By Keith Fraser, The ProvinceMarch 4, 2009 One of the four Mounties at the scene of the fatal Tasering of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport has lost his bid to overturn a driving ban he received after he was involved in a fatal


    Cop not certified with Taser  24 Hours Vancouver –  By IRWIN LOY, 24 HOURS The RCMP officer who gave the order to jolt Robert Dziekanski with a Taser stun gun lacked the proper certification to fire the weapon himself, the inquiry into the Polish immigrant’s death has heard. RCMP Cpl. Benjamin ‘Monty’


    Unbelievable testimony; unknowable pain Globe and Mail –  Just days after the head of the RCMP asked the Canadian public to “walk a mile in the shoes” of his officers, the mother of Robert Dziekanski attempted to get a member of the force to do exactly the same thing with her. The moment occurred yesterday as






    February 28, 2009

    I do not trust anyone


    I do not- trust anyone and rightfully so as well now.. I trust myself to even be imperfect for God alone can be trusted..







    February 16, 2009

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