Sunday, February 24, 2013

European Job Fair?

Watching the news lately about how poorly Europe is making out. Austerity programs are gutting many countries like Greece, Spain, Ireland and more.  Young people in these countries face unemployment rates as high as 55%! Here in Canada meanwhile, our youth unemployment runs about 15%. Europe is in real trouble, their future looks pretty bleak indeed.
Guess what Harper and company are doing? They are bringing in the unemployed from Europe! Yup, bring in youth from other countries and help them with their unemployment! Spend your money to import workers from countries where there is no work and chew up jobs here. Thousands of people every year!
Wonder why your kids can't get jobs? No need to wonder anymore. Our government is giving the jobs to foreigners! From BC miners to local bartenders, no job is safe. Harper is giving them special exceptions to take your child's' job. I'm pretty sure his kids will find work. This is his plan to bring back prosperity to Canada? Sounds more like a plan to share the austerity programs being spread across Europe. 

Steve-o, please tell us what your reasoning is here.
Are immigrant workers cheaper? Do they work harder?
How much do these workers cost the Canadian taxpayer?
Do they contribute to CPP?
If we need skilled workers in Canada, I would like to think our government would first do everything in their power to provide Canadians with the necessary training/education. Our unemployed deserve a better fate than to be beaten down by their own government.
Why isn't your government providing more training for our youth, instead of importing workers?
If you continue to bring in workers from around the world, what jobs will be left for Canadian youth?
If our youth don't get jobs in their futures, how soon will those austerity programs creeping across Europe be foisted on the Canadian public? Or is that the plan all along?

Tell your masters to stop this madness. The World Bank, The Bilderberg Group, Just who are you working for?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Planes and Copters, Oh my!

One of the ideas floating around right now is what the Conservatives are calling "Buy Canadian". They want to ensure that Canadian companies are getting a big enough piece of the military spending. Of course this will mean subsidies, lots of subsidies. Giving money to corporations who are already sucking on that teat won't create any more jobs here. What we need is a military purchasing strategy that is in the best interests of Canada.

Here's a better idea, let's bring back the A.V. Roe Arrow! There was a time when Canada had the people and the will to build our own jet plane. Let's build another. There would be many benefits, not the least of which is that the money would stay here in Canada.

For the military types this plane could include all of the features they are after. Build what you want into it. Every conceivable toy a warrior could want, just add it to the list. We have the ability to engineer another great aeroplane.

Same thing could go for any new helicopters we need. Probably work for submarines as well, we know we can build them. Pretty much had to (re)build the ones we have now! In the last 20 years we could have built a dozen different helicopters while various political parties bickered over how and or what to replace those Sea King Copters we have with. Designed, engineered and built! Plus those old birds would have been replaced by now.

I think many will find fault with this, but I have another reason to suggest this route for our military endeavors. Personally I don't believe we should be using weapons made by other countries to kill people in other countries. Think about it, if you want to take your country to war, shouldn't you use your own weapons?

I believe that if we want supersonic jets we should build our own. If we need new helicopters we need to build our own. And if we want new submarines we should be building our own.

The only problem I can see is that yet another Conservative government would sell us out again and shut it down once it was finished!

Thanks for taking the time!


Monday, February 04, 2013

Universal Education?

The only way that any country including Canada can expect to continue to compete in the "world economy" (sic) would to be to allow our children the opportunity to take their education as far as they are able. Every single child in Canada should have the right to a complete education as far as they want/need.

A person should be allowed to pursue whatever profession they feel capable of working in. Money or position should not be barriers to education. Easy to suggest, hard to implement! Where will we find the resources to pay for such an inclusive program? How can Canadians pay for this?

How about corporations chipping in? After all, beyond the individual being educated (and their family), who benefits most from the education that we pay for today?
How about service for your country? After high school, a few years of service (in any number of formats) could pay for an equal number of years of education. As well as providing financially, a few years of service would provide the student experience, discipline and a bit of maturity. None of which would harm any 18 year old I've ever known!

This does not necessarily mean that everyone need join the Armed Forces. Service to Canada can be performed in many ways, how about a Canadian form of the "Peace Corp"? There is much to be done here in Canada, to improve the lives of Canadians. All of this "service" has a value. Some of this "value" could be used to provide those persons with their education.

How about charging more for foreign students? How about reducing public debt? How about a few cents added to gasoline sales, cigarettes, booze? How about legalizing cannabis and taxing the hell out of it? The savings from policing costs alone would pay for universal education! Course, you would need to keep our governments dirty little fingers away from any new income, because once they see the cash they go into a fever trying to think of new ways to waste it.

How many ways can you see to provide our children with a proper education? I really like the idea of corporations repaying society for the education we provide to their employees. I am also intrigued with the idea of providing service to Canada in return for an education. Seems like a win win to me!

In order to provide what should be a right in today's world, any of the ideas above could be used. I know there are plenty more where they came from. What do you think? Any ideas of your own? All we need is the willpower to do what is best for your children. And of course, a government not in the pockets of corporations and the 1%!