Monday, February 25, 2013
Diane Finley's Hideous War on the Poor
She has always been one of the most brutish Cons.
A hardline right-wing ideologue who would wage war on Canada's poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
And have the unmitigated gall to deny it.
Last month she claimed that EI inspectors didn't have quotas for uncovering fraud that they were expected to discover.
Only to be exposed today as a shameless liar.
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley had flatly denied previous reports that EI investigators have been given monthly dollar quotas. However, government documents obtained by Montreal newspaper Le Devoir show civil servants are expected to find $485,000 each in fraudulent claims each year — a total that corresponds to the previously reported $40,000 monthly quota.
Now she claims they're not quotas, they're "targets." As if inspectors should be pressurized that way. As if that makes any difference to the Canadians they are trying to humiliate by invading their homes. Or portraying them as criminals at a time when they might be discouraged, or feeling worthless, or worrying about how to feed their families.
Even though EI fraud accounts for less than ONE percent of the money spent on that program. Even though it's becoming harder and harder to claim the EI benefits that WE pay for. And even as more and more Canadians are clinging to precarious jobs.
Barely half of working adults in the GTA and Hamilton have full-time jobs with benefits and expect to be working for their current employer a year from now, according to a groundbreaking report on precarious work and household well-being.
And may soon need EI benefits to survive.
Can you believe that? Are those Cons monsters or maniacs?
Or just a grubby bunch of right-wing ideologues doing what Cons always do. Putting ideology before people. Trying to demonize the unemployed, destroy the social safety net, and turn this country into a low-wage economy, so they can more easily sell us out to foreign interests.
For if cruelty is their first name, mediocrity is their trademark.
And Finlay is the one who should be investigated for losing the personal information of more than half a million Canadians. Or sharing it with those who would go after Canadians with disability pensions.
The Department of Justice is under investigation in connection with a lost USB key containing the personal information of thousands of pension plan applicants.In December, 2012, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada said a misplaced USB key meant that personal information of about 5,000 Canadian Pension Plan applicants had been lost.
For in Stephen Harper's ugly Canada where the truth is what he says it is, even the disabled poor must be portrayed as potential criminals, or spongers...
“I don’t know how somebody’s confidential health information to apply for a CPP disability pension ends up in front of employees with the Department of Justice,” he said. “I don’t know if somebody when they applied for a CPP disability pension ever realized that the government intends to show that information to other departments, including the DOJ.”
And raked over the coals, unlike the Con's high flying senators.
The minister is sending investigators into the homes of randomly selected seasonal workers in Atlantic Canada. They cannot send them to inspect senators of course because we do not know where they actually live.
But then why should I be surprised eh? When it's all so familiar.
For the Con assault on the poorest and the most vulnerable, is exactly what the even more brutish Cameron Conservatives in Britain are doing. Slashing benefits, de-indexing pensions, dismantling medicare, creating workfare programs like the Mike Harris Cons once did. Demonizing the poor as scroungers or criminals.
Forcing the disabled to work or lose their benefits...
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For exactly the same reasons.
So the poor can get poorer.
And the rich can get richer...
Because a Con, is a Con, is a CON.
And to the same savage jungle would Stephen Harper take us.
Wake up Canada. Understand what's really happening.
Unite to defeat those cruel ideological fanatics.
Before they cause mass misery, and rip the soul out of this country...
h/t Trapped in a Whirlpool
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