Cut corporate subsidies not postal workers’ pensions

Why is the Harper Government/Canada Post trying to cut the pensions of working Canadians, especially when they’ve paid into them for years, such as those of the postal workers?

Nortel workers found out how the law (passed by politicians) worked for them: executives get their bonuses even as the corporation is under bankruptcy protection by the courts. Yet, everyone else who worked for the company for years, got screwed out of their pensions, their hard work, their lives.

People cannot go back to being 20 again and start all over. They’ve given up a huge part of their lives. Why should they be treated so poorly? Is this how we would want our parents or grandparents or children to be treated? Is this how WE would want to be treated?

Well, nothing wrong with this system, is there? At least, not if you’re an executive or a politician on the receiving end of corporate favours, right?! (Helping out corporate elites and the rich surely does not go unrewarded, does it?)

Yet, Harper subsidizes the ‘tarsands’ (renamed ‘oilsands’ to be more palatable) – or oil and gas – industry (even as it gouges you at the gas pump) to the tune of over $1 billion a year?

Is this an appropriate use of your tax dollars? (Harper’s Conservatives re-defining ‘fiscal conservative’.)

But, it’s not just the tarsands industry that is subsidised by taxpayers.

Mining Watch Canada has also ‘estimated that each job created in the mining industry cost the taxpayer $13,095 in the 2000-2001 fiscal year, up 10% from the decade before. The total cost of nurturing the industry to federal taxpayers was $383 million, the report, entitled “Looking Beneath the Surface,” found (http://tcktcktck.org/2011/03/canadian-environmental-groups-step-campaign-oil-gas-handouts-toronto-star/).

That was ten years ago. How much more are we paying now?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, how much are taxpayers going to be on the hook for cleaning up the environment afterwards? (You didn’t think the oil & gas and mining industries would pay for that, did you?)

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