Comment 63363

By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted May 11, 2011 at 02:41:18 in reply to Comment 63217

I know full well when Flaherty was finance minister of Ontario, & lot of Ontario industry went South (Mexico) into the Southern U.S. & to Malaysia & S.E. Asia.

Highly skilled Ontario civil servants now are earning substantially less than their counterparts in the private sector. They have a measure of job security, & a pension & health plan, so this is of some compensation, especially to the older workers or those with young families. It's the only reason many of them stay.

Isn't Capitalism supposed to be about being competitive? If you need a highly skilled employee, why should you not pay an approximation of the going rate? You can make up the difference in benefits to some degree, but in the end if that person can have those too in the private sector, why would she/he work for less?

Community & Social Services isn't just "Welfare". It's care for those who must leave hospital earlier than they should, it's anti-substance abuse programs,
it's recreation & day care, it's a lot of important things that go way beyond "Welfare".

This is apples & oranges again. If the Ont. Gov, decides everyone must take a pay cut, & reduces staff, then we get less services when we need them ( "Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line." Sound familiar?)

No where is it written that all/any money saved by staff cuts & pay cuts will go directly into the hands of people who need it. Does it ever?

After all there are corporations who need our tax dollars, tax right-offs, & cheap hydro, cheap fuel, cheap water, unlimited ability to produce garbage & dump it at discount rates, & the ability to waste as much as they care to, with our Government's blessings.

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