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Sobering stats

Some more reasons for the Liberals to launch their On Probation website is to keep the Conservative government accountable to helping folks like these:

The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada said that more than 117,000 Canadians filed for bankruptcy in the 12-month period ending in January 2009. That represented an increase of 15.8 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. In January alone, more than 10,000 individuals in this country filed insolvency papers, up 2.9 per cent from December. Perhaps more tellingly, the number of Canadians who filed for employment insurance benefits rose above the 500,000 level nationally for January, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.

That’s half a million Canadians that Harper and his government want to keep EI rates as low as possible for – you see, rather then trying to help Canadians have some additional financial insurance while they get back on their feet during the worst recession in many years, Harper’s government views that as “paying people to not work”. Their attitude or theory on this seemingly is to keep EI rates as low as possible, and that will give Canadians who are on it more incentive to find work and get off of EI, I guess.

Aside from the callousness of that apparent attitude, it’s hard to get off of EI when there are so little jobs to get back to.


2 comments to Sobering stats

  • Roll Tide

    If I was Harper, I would resist the Liberal pressure to spend more towards EI. Doing so would mean taking the Gorden Brown route that this EU MP eloquently points out is leading the UK into disaster.

    “You have run out of our money”

  • CWTF

    After lauching the “On probation” website, what else are the Liberals doing? They supported the budget but what else are the Liberals and what means to they have to keep the Conservatives in check?

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