Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Harper Cons and the Great Job Scam
Gawd. I should have remembered I'm living in Harperland, not Wonderland.
I should have realized why that damm cat was laughing at me eh?
I should have known you can't trust those two old Con artists, Steve and Jimbo, no matter what they say.
I should have known it was all a scam.
First they set us up by making it sound like Steve was peeved by the shortage of skilled labour.
Then Jimbo produced a budget to make it look like they were serious about training Canadian workers. When all he is trying to do is conceal their dirty little secret.
The federal government says it is serious about job-training. It is not. If it were, it would not make it so easy for business to hire cheap workers from abroad. This is the dirty little secret about job-training in Canada. Employers don’t train workers because most don’t have to.
Business isn't really interested in training Canadians, when they have a plentiful supply of cheap foreign workers.
If companies knew they couldn’t import, say, skilled pipefitters from Europe, they might put more effort into training domestic workers to meet their needs. But employers know they don’t have to train. Instead, they need only wait until the last minute and then complain of labour shortages.
And the Cons aren't either, because foreign workers help drive down wages, and bust unions. So they can't bring in enough of them, or exploit them enough...
Over the last decade, as my friends at the Globe and Mail have reported, the number of temporary workers admitted to Canada has more than tripled, from 101,000 to 338,000. This in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s.
But because there are now so many foreign workers, the Cons have to look as if they are doing something, when in fact they are not. Business doesn't want to pay to train Canadians, the provinces can't afford to train their residents to work in Alberta. And the Con plan is just another fraudulent Porky Action Plan production, just another Con scam.
Brought to you by those who would make you think they are securing our borders with productions like this one. Make their dumb base think they are tough on immigration. Even as they bring in armies of foreign workers.
And even as all over country hundreds of thousands of unemployed Canadians are living in despair, worrying about their families, fighting to get or keep EI benefits, being made to feel useless, or too lazy or stupid to work in their own country.
Oh boy. It's depressing, and I have to admit that these days sometimes I can't help feeling discouraged by the grubby reality of Harperland. Where the Big Lie rules, all is cheap politics, and hope goes to die.
Especially since a year ago the Quebec student movement was blooming, and there was so much hope in the air...
People were talking about social inequality, about fighting the corporate agenda, and about building a more equal and human world.
But the movement has faded. When some tried to hold a peaceful march yesterday they were jumped by the police.
Montreal police arrested 294 people during a protest to underline the anniversary of a massive rally that marked a turning point in last year's Quebec student crisis.
Even the gentle Anarchopanda was kettled...
And most Quebecers and Canadians just shrugged their shoulders, or yawned, or cheered the police on.
Which is also depressing and discouraging for someone like me, who wants to see more not less resistance to the Harper regime and it's foul corporate agenda. Or as my friends would no doubt say, is always looking for the proverbial pony in the mountain of manure.
Until I remember that history is on our side. The Con regime is running out of time.
And that by forcing their harsh ideology on Canadians, the Cons are only forcing them to decide what kind of country they really want to live in. Our beautiful Canada or Harper's ugly nightmare. One or the other.
Which can only make it easier to defeat them. For most Canadians don't want to go to the savage place they would take us. They cannot fool us forever. They cannot raise our hopes only to shatter them. They will not steal our future, and torch our planet.
Steve and Jimbo will be exposed as the Con artists they are...
The Cons will be defeated.
And like we did a year ago.
We shall rise again...
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