Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Sad and Dismal Legacy of Little Jimbo Flaherty
Well I see that little Jimbo Flaherty has fallen off his mole hill for the very last time.
Or left Stephen's Harper's murky pond.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has resigned. He is the biggest fish to swim out of Prime Minister Harper's pond since then-Environment Minister, and de facto second in command in the Cabinet, Jim Prentice, left to make oodles of money in the banking business.
But not before rhyming off a short list of his accomplishments, and ignoring all his failures.
Like his juicy tax breaks for Big Business.
He does not mention that the corporate thank you for that generous give-away via the tax system has not been to go on a hiring spree. To the contrary, most corporations are sitting on mountains of cash, and investing not at all.
Or his policies that created thousands of jobs in Alberta, while killing thousands of others in the rest of Canada.
Nor does he mention his shameful Trojan horse omnibus bills...
Those bills were the sneaky legislative devices through which the Harper government radically changed the federal environmental regulatory regime, and abolished or radically altered some of the most important environmental laws Canada has ever had. Those laws include the Fisheries and Navigable Waters Acts.
Nor does Flaherty mention the unconscionable witch hunts, via tax audits, his omnibus bills unleashed on a number of environmental non-profit organizations.
Or the way he killed jobs and slashed services, while spending money like water, leaving Canadians drowning in debt, and his successor in the lurch.
Program expenses are now equivalent to 13.5 per cent of gross domestic product, up from 12.5 per cent when he took the job. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened. Canadians are carrying record debt levels.
Most importantly, Canada’s economy has stalled as the recovery of the rest of the world has accelerated, leaving Mr. Flaherty’s successor to manage an economic underperformer. And Mr. Flaherty’s zeal for rapidly bringing the budget back into balance, even as a sputtering economy made a good case for continued government investment as a stimulus, may well have contributed to the loss of economic momentum.
You know, his successor Joe Oliver.
The hapless tool of Big Oil, who called environmental groups terrorists, and once challenged us all to drink the water from the tar ponds...
Which only shows us how shallow the Con talent pool is, and that we better start stashing our money in our mattresses before it's too late.
Because remember how the Cons spent millions of our tax dollars telling us Canada was suffering from a shortage of skilled labour?
Well it turns out that was just another Big Lie.
A new report from Statistics Canada is raising questions about the seriousness of what the Conservative government says is a major national problem: jobs going wanting due to a lack of skilled labour.
Jim Flaherty didn't know what he was talking about. There are no jobs.
And of course Stephen Harper is not a real economist either...
Oh well. I'm going to miss little Jimbo and his molehill. And I'm sorry I made only one video about him years ago.
And it's REALLY bad eh?
But it will have to serve as his requiem...
Along with this one:
Con times are hard times.
And thank goodness they're almost over...
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