The Race to the Bottom (Dec./Jan. 2018)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

Here we are in a brand new year, 2018 with a brand new pay structure imposed on private businesses by a government in Ontario that has no sense of responsibility when it comes to dealing with money. What could you expect from a government that doesn’t think that it is their responsibility to live within their means by budgeting properly like we all have to do in our private lives so that we can pay the bills at the end of the month? This government thinks that it is OK to borrow money from future generations in order to ensure that they get elected today. That’s right. Borrow money from our grandchildren’s future to make themselves look good today so those who don’t pay attention to how all this works, will vote again for these lies. In an article by Alison Jones from the Free Press on April 27, 2017, she quoted some facts about Ontario’s debt. She said that the debt was about 312 Billion dollars or about $22,000 for every man, woman and child in Ontario. The scary part is, the interest to service that debt is 11.6 billion dollars which makes that the fourth highest spending item in the budget and growing by 3.6% over the next few years. Can you imagine the roads that we could improve, the hospital equipment that we could buy, the help we could provide for people with special needs children and the care we could give to our seniors, with that 11.6 billion dollars?

Back to the lies that say by raising the minimum wage to $14 it will make small businesses more profitable! Wow. If you don’t challenge that prophesy, then probably the brain washing has put you beyond common sense. For those however, who are questioning that prophesy of wealth falling from the stars to magically fill the cash registers of small family businesses, take a look at what people are now paying for daycare in Toronto. It would seem that it has gone up by 18% as a result of the minimum wage hike. Some Tim Horton outlets have said that they will cut back on unrequired benefits that they have been giving to their workers in appreciation for good work that the employees performed. Voluntary recognition of good work is far more valuable and effective than making it mandatory to pay workers more. The minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a career but it is where people, new to being employed, get experience, learn work ethics and eventually decide to get more education so they can get a better job. For retired folks, sometimes that minimum wage job is a reason to get up in the morning, feel productive, contribute to their family’s bank account and a place to meet and interact with people. Unfortunately, many of these minimum wage jobs will no longer be available to those who have no experience because employers will not be willing to go through the initial period of lost production as they train people, new to the work world, how to serve people or how to run equipment and not break everything they touch. Many businesses will also go to contract workers where there is no longer full time employment and no benefits to be paid, just the letter of the contract that is signed by the worker. In the end, we all lost as more and more people end up on welfare and at food banks to survive. The politicians may be elected with this promise of ‘milk and honey’ for all, but those promises come with a price for our grandchildren’s future. All three parties approved these wage hikes. The NDP have always called for more money from companies for employees and haven’t changed their colours. However, the Liberals and the PC’s have both moved to eclipse the NDP and each other in this race to the bottom.

It doesn’t matter who wins!

 

 

 

Landowner-Magazine-Digital-Banner-Interactive

Readers Comments


Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

The Race to the Bottom (Dec./Jan. 2018)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

Here we are in a brand new year, 2018 with a brand new pay structure imposed on private businesses by a government in Ontario that has no sense of responsibility when it comes to dealing with money. What could you expect from a government that doesn’t think that it is their responsibility to live within their means by budgeting properly like we all have to do in our private lives so that we can pay the bills at the end of the month? This government thinks that it is OK to borrow money from future generations in order to ensure that they get elected today. That’s right. Borrow money from our grandchildren’s future to make themselves look good today so those who don’t pay attention to how all this works, will vote again for these lies. In an article by Alison Jones from the Free Press on April 27, 2017, she quoted some facts about Ontario’s debt. She said that the debt was about 312 Billion dollars or about $22,000 for every man, woman and child in Ontario. The scary part is, the interest to service that debt is 11.6 billion dollars which makes that the fourth highest spending item in the budget and growing by 3.6% over the next few years. Can you imagine the roads that we could improve, the hospital equipment that we could buy, the help we could provide for people with special needs children and the care we could give to our seniors, with that 11.6 billion dollars?

Back to the lies that say by raising the minimum wage to $14 it will make small businesses more profitable! Wow. If you don’t challenge that prophesy, then probably the brain washing has put you beyond common sense. For those however, who are questioning that prophesy of wealth falling from the stars to magically fill the cash registers of small family businesses, take a look at what people are now paying for daycare in Toronto. It would seem that it has gone up by 18% as a result of the minimum wage hike. Some Tim Horton outlets have said that they will cut back on unrequired benefits that they have been giving to their workers in appreciation for good work that the employees performed. Voluntary recognition of good work is far more valuable and effective than making it mandatory to pay workers more. The minimum wage jobs are not meant to be a career but it is where people, new to being employed, get experience, learn work ethics and eventually decide to get more education so they can get a better job. For retired folks, sometimes that minimum wage job is a reason to get up in the morning, feel productive, contribute to their family’s bank account and a place to meet and interact with people. Unfortunately, many of these minimum wage jobs will no longer be available to those who have no experience because employers will not be willing to go through the initial period of lost production as they train people, new to the work world, how to serve people or how to run equipment and not break everything they touch. Many businesses will also go to contract workers where there is no longer full time employment and no benefits to be paid, just the letter of the contract that is signed by the worker. In the end, we all lost as more and more people end up on welfare and at food banks to survive. The politicians may be elected with this promise of ‘milk and honey’ for all, but those promises come with a price for our grandchildren’s future. All three parties approved these wage hikes. The NDP have always called for more money from companies for employees and haven’t changed their colours. However, the Liberals and the PC’s have both moved to eclipse the NDP and each other in this race to the bottom.

It doesn’t matter who wins!

 

 

 

Landowner-Magazine-Digital-Banner-Interactive

backtotop