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Warren (Smokey) Thomas gets angry when he hears the newly elected majority Liberal Ontario government being described as progressive.
The President of OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union) wants everyone to know there are no provisions in the proposed Liberal budget for increases in public service salaries over the next four years. This comes after salary freezes have been in effect for the last three years.
Some believe the Public Service Alliance of Canada's "Stephen Harper Hates Me" campaign slogan is over the top. But it may actually be too limited in scope. Harper's bunch hasn't just targeted those employed in the public service, but every Canadian whose pay and work conditions interferes with the corporate world's drive for ever more profit.
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With all the predictions of doom and gloom coming from the austerity camp, one would think that Canada was already about to hit the famed (but never seen) "debt wall." Before we get too carried away, however, with the scary debt stuff, consider these two indicators of the fundamental fiscal fragility/stability of Canadian governments.
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Do public sector employees make too much money? The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) thinks so. Their study from late 2008, entitled 'Wage Watch,' claims that public sector workers are overpaid by a whopping 24.9 per cent.
The other Mayday is a distress call. It comes from the French "m'aidez," or help me. When repeated three times on a radio frequency, Mayday signifies grave and imminent danger. If such a call had gone out May 2, 2011 -- the night of the election of a majority Harper government -- a significant number of Canadians would not have thought it a hoax.