Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The Bank of Canada Governor and the Young Canadian Slaves
About half the young Canadians I know are either unemployed or have lousy low paying jobs.
Jobs with no guaranteed hours, no job security, no benefits, no nothing.
They are exploited like slaves in their own country, and are struggling to survive.
So you can imagine how I feel about Stephen Poloz's idiot idea.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has sparked controversy by suggesting young people ought to consider unpaid work as a way to gain job experience.
“When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, ‘What am I supposed to do in a situation?’ I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that’s the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you’re discouraged, even if it’s for free,” Mr. Poloz told reporters Monday in Ottawa.
I've never heard anything so absurd or so callous. It could only come from a guy who makes about $500,000 a year. And it couldn't symbolize better what this country has become.
An aging, selfish, greedy, grasping country that doesn't give a damn about its young.
For what part of this stark picture doesn't Poloz understand?
Does he not understand that if you provide our greedy business class with a supply of slaves they will come to depend on them, like they did with foreign workers.
And exploit young Canadians even more than they are doing already.
Unpaid internships are on the rise in Canada, with some organizations estimating there's as many as 300,000 people currently working for free at some of the country's biggest, and wealthiest, corporations.
Chewing them up, spitting them out, replacing them with fresh meat, using their desperation to keep them cowed.
"To go against your employer, you're fearing being blacklisted. You want the experience and you want the reference and feel you have no other choice but to keep quiet."
And if Poloz does understand that, why doesn't he save his sanctimonious advice for those corporate greedsters like Scotiabank?
Who would throw a thousand Canadians into the street after making a record $6.7 billion profit last year. And like the rest of our useless business class would rather sit on those profits, and their juicy tax breaks, than create jobs in a country that desperately needs them.
But I don't blame Poloz, he is only the ring master in the corrupt capitalist circus.
I blame Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime who have waged war against young Canadians from the moment they came to power.
A government bent on lowering the living standard of Canada’s next generation couldn’t do a much better job than Stephen Harper and his colleagues have done.The Prime Minister and his high-octane employment minister, Jason Kenney , have thrown one barrier after the next in front of young job seekers.
They have used foreign workers to steal their jobs, They have made it almost impossible for them to collect E.I. benefits. They have encouraged the provinces to jack up education fees to bury them even further in debt.
They have changed the laws to criminalize them for "crimes" like smoking marijuana, so they can throw even more of them in jail...
While sadly far too many older Canadians either shrug their shoulders or cheer on the Cons. Even though they are killing the future of this country.
I'm not one of the desperate young. I have a steady income, I don't have to live in my parent's basement, or share a one-bedroom apartment with three or four others. Or worry about whether or not I'll get a shift tomorrow, or how I'm going to pay my bills, and still have enough money for food. I still have my dreams, as humble as they may be.
But I feel their pain and their hopelessness, and their rising anger. And what I tell them is this:
Don't get angry, get even. Get involved, organize, join a union or a progressive party and force them to address your interests, instead of just giving them lip service.
And above all vote to defeat the Harper Cons in the next election. For as long as they are in power their war on you will continue. And they will grind you down and suck the marrow out of your bones.
Believe in yourselves, don't let them crush your spirits and torch your future. I know you can do it, and I will help you. We will help you.
The day of reckoning is coming.
The slaves will revolt.
And the tyrant will be toppled...
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