Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When the Cons Make the Poor Pay for Their Mistakes

It really couldn't be more disgusting or more Kafkaesque. 

Or more of a horror show.

The Cons gut Statistic Canada. The battered agency screws up its job numbers.

And now Jason Kenney is making the jobless PAY.

Federal officials responsible for Employment Insurance are putting new claims on hold this week as they wait for Statistics Canada to fix a mistake in its monthly jobs report. 

The monthly Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada has a direct connection to the federal E.I. program, as regional unemployment dictates how many weeks an unemployed person needs to have worked before they can qualify for the program.

And even though Kenney's office is claiming there will be no delays in processing E.I. claims, its sorry record speaks for itself.

The department’s own reporting concluded that it failed last year to meet its processing time targets. The department sets a goal of providing applicants with an answer on their claim within 28 days, 80 per cent of the time. Last year they provided answers within 28 days 74.5 per cent of the time.

The report noted that Canadians can face long waits when calling the department about their E.I. claim and said 1.2 million calls were abandoned in the 2012-13 fiscal year as people gave up waiting for an agent.

And who can measure the despair of so many Canadians forced to wait even longer for money to support themselves and their families?

Money that they paid into the system for the day when they needed it. But are now lucky if they qualify to receive it.

Kenney should have instructed his department to keep processing claims, and deal with any problems later.

But then why should we be surprised? When Jason Kenney is the man who flooded the country with foreign workers, to steal the jobs of Canadians, and drive wages down.

So who can trust that shabby Con pimp to get ANYTHING right?

When this is all part of the Con plan to change Canada beyond recognition. By slashing and chopping government until it can't provide proper services.

And then using that as an excuse to slash and burn it some more, until it's crippled, or dead, or privatized.

They did it to the E.I. program, they're doing it to Canada Post and the CBC, they've got their sights set on medicare.

And Stephen Harper in his creepy stealthy way has been trying to savage our social safety net from the moment he came to office....

Because he hates the values that safety net represents, and his whole approach is more American than Canadian.

But luckily, the times are changing. Canadians are getting tired of his Republican-style approach to politics, where guns and militarism are good and government is always bad.

And as the latest polls show they are preparing to teach the Cons a brutal lesson. For as Frank Graves points out this country may be ruled by a right-wing regime, but its heart and soul are centre-left. 

Contrary to claims Canadians are moving to the right, they’re actually going in the opposite direction, Graves continued. “They’re moving to the centre-left.

Graves believes Canadians are “trying to inoculate themselves from a hegemony of right wing rule over a protracted period based on a small minority of Canadians who share those views. Canadians are just saying that’s enough.

Graves notes that one of the clear lessons from June’s Liberal victory in Ontario is that “the whole austerity, minimum government stuff which is dear to Mr. Harper’s heart is increasingly not working with the public. “Voters want a more active state, for government to do something to buffer the excesses of a difficult economy and also to invest in that economy through infrastructure and other tools.

And making the jobless pay for the mistakes of the Con regime is NOT a Canadian value.

Yup. He always was more American than Canadian.

It always was an aberration. 

It never would have happened if progressives were not divided.

But we will get our act together.

And we will get our country back...

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  1. There is a tremendous irony in the fact that it is precisely the style and content of the HarperCon's regime that has helped to push many people away from the austerity agenda. It is a modern version of the old Marxist notion of revolutionary defeatism. It is just like the fact that we couldn't have a better salesman for socialism than Kevin O'Leary. Sometimes nothing sells the leftist cause better than a solid dose of extended rightwing cruelty.

    1. hi Kirby...yes it is encouraging in that regard. And even more encouraging that even after eight years of grim Con rule, Canada is still a centre-left country. I think a lot of people have realized in their guts that the Cons are an alien party that doesn't share our Canadian values. So much for the Big Shift. So much for their chances in the next election.

  2. Anonymous10:10 PM

    How can you keep on pumping out this sick shit? It's mindboggling!!!

    1. hi anon....I don't think what I write is sick at all. I think it simply reflects what many Canadians feel about the Harperite cult, the most evil government in Canadian history. I think your leader is the sick one, and that you are just bitter and desperate. What's mind boggling is that people like you still support him after all the harm he has done to our country. But we are degrading him, we're cutting the bully down to size, and it won't be long before he's driven from power and into the garbage can of history.
      But to answer your question. Why do I keep pumping it out? It's only because I LOVE IT !!!;)

  3. e.a.f.4:12 AM

    "Sick shit?" Come out to B.C. and have a look at how sick harper and his herd along with Christy and her clowns are. In B.C. 1 in 5 children live below the poverty line. How did that happen? Same policies Harper espouses, his friend Gordon Campbell and Now Christy Clark promote. People on disability pensions, with children, live at 50% below the poverty rate. The min. wage in B.C. is half of the "living wage" required to house and feed your family. There is little regard for people trying to make a living. They brought in TFWers and now they bring them in under NAFTA. When they use NAFTA, they get to bring in workers with criminal records who would be otherwise banned. We can't afford to buy homes in B.C. because in Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby they start at a million and at $10.25 an hr. that doesn't work too well. Harper promised B.C. jobs via building ships for the military. The shipyards haven't even had to order steel. How many years ago was that promise made? We have a lovely mine disaster in B.C. Ya, Harper and his herd like that self regulation shit.
    Harper still hasn't signed the national medical accord. That isn't going over too well in B.C. where there isn't enough money for health care.

    The only sick shit around is the shit harper and his herd are peddling along with his cronies in the B.C. provincial government./

    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      Sounds like you are a loser in B.C. and all you can do is whine against the government that represents the majority of voters. You're out because you are a flop.... so go move to a low economic region where you can shine on min wage which is all you are probably worth... while sitting in your parents home in the basement on your 'puter.