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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Attack of the Con Scandals

It must be Stephen Harper's worst nightmare. Just as he's trying to scare Canadians into voting for him, with his politics of fear and his Great War on Terror.He himself must be terrified by the number of Con scandals coming out of the woodwork to tarnish his government's already soiled reputation..For as if Mike . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Attack of the Con Scandals

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Merry-Go-Round of Con Corruption

It's like some ghastly merry-go-round. Stephen Harper's groaning circle of scandal.One moment it's Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin.The next moment it's Dean del Mastro.And today it was Diane Finley's turn to mount the stinking nag of Con corruption. Read more »

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Politics and its Discontents: If Only Our Politicians Felt This Sense Of Shame

Perhaps it’s time to send Pamela Wallin and Diane Finley to obedience school? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: More On The E.I Whistleblower

The other day I wrote a post on Sylvie Therrien, the government employee suspended because she leaked documents that revealed federal investigators were told to find $485,000 of Employment Insurance fraud every year.

The “fraud quotas” were just one aspect of an office culture that encouraged cutting benefits from as many people as possible . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On The E.I Whistleblower

The Ranting Canadian: This morning I saw a few minutes of a CBC Newsworld political…

This morning I saw a few minutes of a CBC Newsworld political panel and again concluded that Canada must abolish its senate immediately. Abolish it now! There is no time for messing about.

The dishonourable, fraud-committing senate serves no legitimate purpose in this day and age, and it’s debatable whether it ever did. The . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This morning I saw a few minutes of a CBC Newsworld political…

The Canadian Progressive: United Steelworkers: Diane Finley Must Resign Over Temporary Foreign Worker Scandal

By: United Steelworkers | Press Release: TORONTO, April 10, 2013 – The United Steelworkers (USW) is calling for the resignation of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, over her mishandling of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The recent disclosure that RBC is replacing Canadian employees by outsourcing jobs to […]

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Politics and its Discontents: Cancer, E.I., and Government Hypocrisy

The Faces Of Common Humanity

Without doubt, to battle cancer must be a grueling and depleting experience. But to face rebuke and betrayal at the hands of one’s government because of the circumstances of that battle must be almost as traumatic.

Such is the almost unbelievable tale of Jane Kittmer, diagnosed with breast . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Cancer, E.I., and Government Hypocrisy

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Shaming of the Poor

Every time Diane Finley tries to defend why she is waging war on the poor, she claims that it's just a question of saving money.Just like she did today when Thomas Mulcair went after her for ordering EI inspectors to barge into the homes of the unemployed. “Service Canada has a responsibility to find . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Shaming of the Poor

Montreal Simon: 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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Diane Finley’s Hideous War on the Poor

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Karl Flecker discusses how the Cons’ push to encourage employers to use temporary foreign workers will affect wages for everybody: In fact, what Kenney said was untrue. He has conveniently forgotten that his government significantly changed the wage rules for employers hiring high-skilled migrant workers. On April . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the War on Christmas

Oh my Ding Dong. Deck the gazebo with boughs of holly. Or steaming mounds of horse shit.Tony Clement, the King of Muskoka and the Minister of Misery, wants us all to know something REALLY important.He's no grinch, and the Cons don't hate Christmas. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the War on Christmas

Accidental Deliberations: On unwanted imports

The Mound of Sound is rightly appalled at the revelation that JP Morgan is making money off of the U.S.’ food stamp program. But lest we think the problem is limited to our neighbours, let’s note that the Cons are doing their utmost to ensure that ever… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On unwanted imports

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Opines on E.I. Changes

To this Conservative government, anything that might interfere with the mythical free market — and particularly with the market’s downward pressure on wages — is anathema.

The above is just a brief excerpt from Thomas Walkom’s column in today’s Star, additional food for thought as I continue trying to critically assess these . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Opines on E.I. Changes

OPSEU Diablogue: Unemployed Docs: You don’t want fries with that

Much has been made of potential doctor shortages resulting from the no-holds barred death match between the Ontario Medical Association and Health Minister Deb Matthews. It is notable that last year Dr. Sacha Bhatia, the former health advisor to Premier … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: A Good Environment For Mushrooms, Not Democracy

Government policy conducted in secrecy, as I suggested in my last post, is difficult for the critical thinker to evaluate; that task is made even more arduous when it is hidden within an omnibus bill, as is the case with the reforms to Employment Insurance eligibility.

However, one piece of information has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Good Environment For Mushrooms, Not Democracy

Politics and its Discontents: What is Truth?

An age-old question without a firm answer, it is one I find myself regularly pondering as I continue striving toward an ideal I know will never attain, that of being a consummate critical thinker. Bombarded by information as we are, it is often difficult to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What is Truth?

Politics and its Discontents: Just a Coincidence?

Surely there can be no other explanation for the fact that at the same time that Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has announced new rules for those claiming E.I. benefits, her department has cut off the flow of some key employment data that the public has a right to.

Now being withheld . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Just a Coincidence?

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Perversion Of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

In what looks like yet another invitation by the Harper regime to corporate thievery in Canada, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley last week announced that employers will now be able to pay temporary migrant workers less than would be paid to Canadians doing the same job.

What is especially alarming about this, beyond the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Perversion Of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Politics and its Discontents: And While We Were Concerning Ourselves About Tory Crimes of Voter Suppression

…That go-to party loyalist, Tory minion Diane Finley, has just made it harder for our young people to find summer employment.

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Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Warns About The Real Cost of OAS Reform

While Stephen Harper stooge Diane Finley does her master’s bidding by sowing the seeds of conflict between young and old over Old Age Security, Star columnist Thomas Walkom warns that it is the young who will pay the price for Tory tampering.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Latest Conservative Effort at Fostering Division and Discord

It would appear that Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is in the vanguard of the Harper regime’s latest ploy to sow dissension and suspicion, the ultimate goal being to pit Canadians against Canadians.

Finley, whose inept handling of the Employment Insurance backlog earns her zero credibility in my book, seems now to be trying . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Latest Conservative Effort at Fostering Division and Discord

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Diane Finley On OAS Changes: Kids, You’re Fucked

Your Grandma and Grampa get to dodder about forever in their gold-plated, diamond encrusted walkers.  You get to work until you drop and we sell you off as Soylent Green.

Remember, children–which I know is hard when you’re running around with green hair and rings through your nose, fornicating–we are ALL approaching retirement age.  At the same . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Diane Finley On OAS Changes: Kids, You’re Fucked

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– The outrage against the Cons’ total online surveillance scheme continues, with Dan Leger, Mia Rabson and Michael Geist adding noteworthy comments to the mix.

– Meanwhile, the Star rightly criticizes the latest legislation to hand Con cabinet ministers the power to make major policy decisions by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links