Friday, April 3, 2009

Flaherty's latest fiscal update: No potato famines are being forecast



“In a speech and news conference from London, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tried to put the difficulties into perspective, saying the recession is mild compared with what Canada's early immigrants faced when they came to the new land with nothing.”

Just to be clear So, Flaherty’s saying that things won’t get quite as bad as the Irish potato famine, that brought his pirate ancestors to Canada? Because that was really bad. Not the famine part, as much as the bringing his pirate ancestors to Canada part.

The good news is that Harper has now finally become sensitized to Canadians’ plight......now that His job is on the line....and proroguing is no longer an option:

Job losses worry Harper: he could become victim too, he says
25 minutes ago
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The recession is bleeding North America of jobs and Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he may eventually become a victim of the carnage.

The United States reports it has lost another 663,000 jobs in March, bringing the total to a massive 5.1 million since the downturn began.

And many economists, including Harper, expect the picture won't be much better in Canada when Statistics Canada reports on the March jobless rate next week.

Harper says in an interview with Business News Network from Europe that he is kept up at night by the global recession and the fact he has limited ability to pull Canada out of recession.

He says he is concerned that many Canadians will be losing their jobs because of the bad economic times and that he may also wind up being a victim and lose his job.

In a speech and news conference from London, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tried to put the difficulties into perspective, saying the recession is mild compared with what Canada's early immigrants faced when they came to the new land with nothing.

Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

4 comments:

Big Winnie said...

To Harper and Flaherty:

Boo Hoo!

Anonymous said...

"Let Them Eat Cake" Flaherty!

I sure hope all the good folks in Oshawa who voted for this lying P.O.S. have some cake stored in their cupboards.

Or some potatoes.


Harold Towes

Anonymous said...

What he is saying is that he hopes to make Canadian's endure the same kind of suffering his Irish ancestors did.  Looking forward to it!

GL

CAITI said...

I guess McCallum read my email.....or my mind:

April 3, 2009 at 9:26 PM EDT

OTTAWA —

Liberal finance critic John McCallum, a former Royal Bank chief economist, said the comparison has little utility.

“I don't see the point ... we're lucky because we're not starving?” Mr. McCallum said. “Next he will be telling us that Canadians are fortunate because they are better off than during the 19th-century Irish potato famine.”