Saturday, May 23, 2009

Did Harper leave his balls out west?


Question: Speaking of leaders without “balls”, does Ignatieff have the balls to expose Harper’s lies about tax leakage, and confront Bay Street’s true power brokers and their Flaherty induced rip-off of average Canadians? Or is their something rotten in Ottawa? In Canada? In our democracy at large?

“Mr. Harper left his balls out West”
Views from the lake…eh?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
http://viewsfromthelake-eh.blogspot.com/2009/05/mr-harper-left-his-balls-out-west.html


The Globe and Mail reports that the GM/CAW agreement will, in fact, result in provincial and federal taxpayers forking over billions to protect the pensions of GM retirees. This in spite of Harper’s and Clement’s repeated assurances to the contrary.

In decrying the blatant about-face, Kevin Gaudet, federal director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, provides one of the best quotes I’ve seen in a while, stating, “Mr. Harper left his balls out West when it comes to taking a principle stand…”. Truer words were never spoken.

I presented my thoughts on bailing out any pension plans in the following letter to the editor, published by the Ottawa Citizen April 27. It now appears more relevant than ever.

“While I certainly sympathise with retirees from Nortel, Chrysler, GM and others who are concerned that their retirement incomes will be impacted by the current state of their companies and the recession, I must protest in the strongest possible terms any government action to guarantee 100% payouts from those defined pension plans.

I am one of the vast majority of Canadians who never had a pension plan, who never had an employer making matching contributions (or better) to my retirement funds. Now retired, what I have to live on I saved from my own earnings. And over the past 2 ½ years, thanks to Jim Flaherty’s income trust fiasco and now the global recession, my retirement fund has slipped to slightly better than 50% of where it was projected to be today. To put it in even plainer terms, my income is now half of what I had expected. As a consequence many plans have been cancelled or deferred indefinitely, and total retirement remains elusive as part-time work supplements my modest retirement income.

There are many, many of us in similar situations, and to ask us to now use our tax dollars to augment the pension incomes of others is neither fair nor appropriate.

By all means provide support to those workers who might lose their entire company pension, but under no circumstances should we be topping up pensions that have unfortunately suffered a similar degradation in value as the rest of us have experienced.”

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rather expensive way to buy Flaherty's seat in parliament!

Sandy

CAITI said...

Sandy:

And look who’s paying for it!

Brent

Anonymous said...

The sheepel don't even baa when they are being fleeced!

Sandy

Dr Mike said...

If Iggy does not present the trust policy come June with the rest , then we will know exactly where the Liberals stand on this issue.

No trust policy , no balls.

No trust policy , no vote from me.

Dr Mike

Anonymous said...

Eveyone's assuming that Harper had any balls in the first place - he's governed by the polls from day one.

Lyn

Dr Mike said...

Exactly Lyn

That is why he has nothing to lose with the attack adds--they may look like crap but they are meant to stop the bleeding.

Dr Mike