Comment 69841

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 19, 2011 at 09:57:07 in reply to Comment 69834

Is Wal Mart really all that cheap? Sure, compared to middle-class mall shops or Westdale boutiques, they're cheaper. But most people I know on welfare have a few dozen dollars of spending money a month at best, which still won't fill up a Wamart shopping cart or handbasket. Dollar stores and thrift shops? Sure, maybe even Giant Tiger, but I've always seen Wal Mart as more of a venue for cheap, tasteless middle-class people.

"Everyday low prices" aren't going to help people on welfare if they continue and accelerate the trends which are destroying Hamilton's job market. And as we've witnessed in too many states, working at Walmart isn't exactly an alternative to welfare. Several state governments have had to sue them for encouraging workers to go on welfare for the significantly better health benefits.

Wal Marts have a nasty habit of eating three jobs for every two they create. Hamilton can not afford such a loss - not in our retail or industrial sectors, and surely not at Barton and Ottawa.

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