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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Iffy Liberals trying to make hay out of the truth?

While I'm not a fan of his, shall we say, unParliamentary language, I feel it's important to come to the defense of Nova Scotia MP Gerald Keddy today, after his comment about "some" unemployed folks in Halifax.

Okay, firstly, his comment from the Halifax Chronicle Herald...
OTTAWA — If anyone ever stops Nova Scotia farmers from hiring migrant labourers to harvest their crops, they would destroy a lot of businesses because unemployed Nova Scotians don’t want those jobs, says Gerald Keddy, the Conservative MP for South Shore-St. Margarets.

"Nova Scotians won’t do it — all those no-good *&#^^#*^&# ["illigitimate children"] sitting on the sidewalk in Halifax that can’t get work," Mr. Keddy said Monday.
Okay, notice how SPECIFIC he is with that comment? He's very specifically talking about the guys who are "sitting on the sidewalk in Halifax that can’t get work". But what's the issue at hand that he's commenting on? He's commenting on the issue of Mexican migrant workers... who are coming into Nova Scotia to do the jobs that the guys "sitting on the sidewalk" are REFUSING TO DO! He's talking about the truly lazy folks, who are most likely sitting there, collecting change and government benefits, while there are perfectly good jobs available for them!

I see them downtown in my area all the time... kids who don't WANT to work, but moan and complain every time someone even remotely threatens a government program that they mooch off of. These kids seriously just sit there all day long, "hanging out", leeching off the system, rather than contributing to it. They're irresponsible, argumentative, and have a "woe is me" martyr's complex. I see them usually gathered in their "spots", and you'll see them there every day without fail. They know the system, they know where to be and when to get the free stuff, and most of them have cell phones and iPods to boot. You'll see them in every Canadian city, part of Trudeau's legacy to our nation. Believe me, it's a CHOICE they've made... which is exactly what Mr. Keddy is taking them to task for!

(for the record... I am NOT talking about those who have mental issues who have fallen through the cracks. I am FULL supportive of programs for them to get them back on their feet, and they certainly need MORE, not LESS, help from all of us!)

So why is the Opposition trying to turn this into political hay? Because that's what they do... they put all their energies into scoring political points, not actually addressing the root issues, like Mr. Keddy was trying to raise with his, shall we say, unfortunately worded comments.

Thoughts? Am I way off base here? Or do you agree with me and see this as a much larger issue that needs to be addressed? We DO have issues of poverty in this country, but I don't count the folks who are choosing to "sit on the sidewalk" and refuse legitimate work as being in need of our help... I want to make sure that the people who REALLY need our help are getting it when they need it! Maybe I'm just cyinical, after all my years working in "the system", and seeing the levels of abuse that are rife within it. We need a serious overhaul, but while the Liberals are still around, willing to turn every single little offhand comment into a huge political scandal, I don't see much hope for real change... do you?

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  • At Tue. Nov. 24, 01:40:00 p.m. EST, Blogger wilson said…

    And like when Ralph Klein threw $70 at a man demanding more welfare,
    and told him 'get a job',
    cheers were heard across Canada!

  • At Tue. Nov. 24, 02:17:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Quebec and I see it all the time - farmers are forced to hire workers from Mexico because our own unemployed youth refuse to do work they consider 'demeaning'. Most of them are unqualified to do more than pick crops (our schools have a very high drop-out rate, especially among teen boys) and yet they consider this type of work to be beneath them.

  • At Tue. Nov. 24, 02:21:00 p.m. EST, Blogger CanadianSense said…

    Why are the opposition trying to make an issue over this?

    It is simple, they have no alternatives, no ideas and no principles.

    The CPC can only pass Bills and Policies with the support with the confidence of the House and have only been in a minority since 2006.

    So we have each opposition Party taking turns supporting the government.

    The opposition are without the public support to challenge the government on substantial issues.

    They have been reduced to a bunch of whinny wimps screaming scandal, meanie every other day.

  • At Tue. Nov. 24, 05:34:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Keddy is bang on. In my part of NS, too many people are getting too much to do nothing and leave entry level jobs begging.

    We have got to stop subsidizing idleness. Welfare has to be reformed to make it more appealing to get a real job than to put up with the inconvenience and indignity of workfare. No more sitting around, they should be somewhere at 8 am doing community work, picking garbage, shoveling walks and taking classes on budgeting and social skills. Welfare has to become the last resort of the desperate and I include systemic UI in the same category. This freeloading culture has got to end.

  • At Tue. Nov. 24, 08:21:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Call me crazy, but I thought that standard capitalist economics and laws of supply and demand say that if people don't want to work for a certain wage, you raise the wage.

    This is the justification we hear for those multi-billion dollar compensation packages for CEOs (even CEOs who drive their companies into near-bankruptcy, necessitating government bailouts).

    I read a draft academic paper a few months ago that talked about the eligibility criteria for these programs. They involved things like: must be married with dependent children, no more than 12 years of formal schooling.

    These programs seem designed to provide employers with a pool of temporary (revolving) workers, relatively vulnerable, willing to accept lower wages and poorer working conditions, unlikely to complain.

    I call that government intervention in the economy.


  • At Wed. Nov. 25, 10:47:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think my thoughts would be in line with Anon1152's.

    Comment's aside, I don't believe gov't has a right to say which people an employer must hire. It should be freedom of choice for those in the position to do the choosing.

    My libertarian take

    Mike Wisniewski


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