Under the guise of job protection The Federal Liberals have gone to bat for a company that has a stream of corruption allegations and convictions. SNC Lavalin is already banned by the World Bank from bidding on its projects for 10 years due to the company’s corruption.
Well, yes the blatant interference by the federal Liberals in the SNC Lavalin case is as they say, all about jobs – at least Liberal MPs jobs in Quebec. Hearing the constant “it’s all about jobs” mantra from the Prime Minister must be hard to hear for anyone working in the energy industry in Alberta and BC.
Pressure is mounting on the federal government to change – or better still, get rid of the mortgage stress test, which combined with higher rates and higher taxes in BC and Toronto have killed the housing market while putting housing out of reach for tens of thousands of Canadians. All to deal with a problem that didn’t exist – and still doesn’t.
Would you rather have a politician make your investment decisions or an expert with a long track record of picking winners? It’s an important question because right now politicians are “investing” millions, even billions, of your money into specific companies as if they have the background or expertise. Is it any wonder so much of it is wasted.
Our societal models are based on confrontation where disrespect and demonizing opponents is the norm. Shaming and bullying is the norm on an increasing number of subjects. Let’s face it, we love the politics of division and labour/management strife but then somehow we’re surprised that bullying is a problem.
So long to the revenue neutral carbon tax – no more offsetting reductions in individuals and business income tax. The BC Budget estimates that the government will take in a net $1.441 billion from individuals and businesses. That’s just the start – a billion more dollars out of the economy by 2021 – and according the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change that’s not nearly enough.