Thursday, March 12, 2009

Harper plays political games, using the unemployed as his latest pawns


Childishly, and with callous disregard to Canadians who lost their jobs in the recession that Harper said would never happen, Harper laid a trap for the Liberals and the Liberals in the Senate.......it didn't however work as planned...to advance Harper's political image at the expense of the Liberals and using unemployed Canadians as his pawns:

Subject: Just the Facts: EI Benefits under the Budget Implementation Act


. Mr. Flaherty's appearance before the Senate National Finance Committee yesterday alongside his departmental advisors brought to light an important part of this legislation that in the six weeks since the Budget, the government has failed to disclose.

. Buried inside this omnibus bill is a provision that allows the five-week extension of EI benefits to be applied retroactively from the date the bill receives royal assent by approximately two weeks.

. This is contradicted by the budget, which has no funding identified for extended EI benefits before March 31st (page 121) and the government's own accountability report at page 74 which states that "Funding to Flow/Benefits Available - April."

. The passage of this bill will ensure that eligibility for extended EI benefits will be available immediately.

. The provision itself reads:

Coming into Force

231. (1) Subsection 224(1) is deemed to have come into force on the second Sunday before the day on which this Act receives royal assent.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Um sounds like the "trap" worked to me:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090312.wPOLliberals0312/BNStory/politics/home

Liberal senators sign off on stimulus plan
Article Comments (4) The Canadian Press

March 12, 2009 at 3:43 PM EDT

OTTAWA — The federal budget implementation bill is set to pass the Senate today after the Liberals agreed to fast-track it.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says his senators decided to speed things up to ensure unemployed workers get access to enhanced Employment Insurance benefits.

The Liberals had previously vowed to pass the bill by the end of the month, saying they would not be stampeded by the Conservatives.

They believed none of the budget measures would take effect until April 1.

But Mr. Ignatieff says senators discovered that the government backdated EI eligibility and claimants could lose five weeks of benefits if the bill is not passed immediately.

CAITI said...

Wrong.....the "trap" did not work, since if you read the post you will realize the point that was being made, was:

".it didn't however work as planned...to advance Harper's political image at the expense of the Liberals and using unemployed Canadians as his pawns"

Isn't that nice? Using the unemployed as pawns. Harper is a disgrace....but them you knew that already didn't you?

Anonymous said...

Why would he care about the unemployed anymore than he cares about our brave young troops in Afghanistan fighting and dying in a war the PM admits cannot be won.

Sociopath indeed

Sunstone

Dr Mike said...

Harper is a jerk who only cares about his political future & nothing else.

Shame on him & anyone associated with him.

Dr Mike.