December 5, 2005

Paying Nannies and Cigarettes

As a young chap, I was privileged to go to a private school called Lower Canada College. I was the poor wop who there on scholarship and boy did I feel awkward. Seeing all the kids pull up in Beemers and Lexuses and so forth, I saw what being rich had as privileges.

After school I would go meet my dad, he works as a janitor at a shopping mall in Montreal’s Hochelaga district. I remember the first day of the month at the Caisse Populaire. People were in line cashing their welfare check. I would remember seeing them go from the Bank 200 feet to the Tabagie and stock up for the upcoming month. This wasn’t one or two people either, the Tabagie made good business on the first day.

I never advocated cutting welfare because I know that many of its recipients really need it for survival. However, these two groups of people, the richest, and the poorest are the flaws of what Stephen Harper promised this morning.

The Rich have enough to pay nannies to watch their children. Should we give them 1200$ to pay themselves a vacation? Why give them money for something they can already afford?

Those who will receive 1200$ from the poorest parts of society will be met with a tough decision. Do they spend all $100/month on their kids. They already don’t! The ones that do will benefit more from a system that ensures a low fixed price, like the one in Quebec.

Another miss for Stephen Harper. No wonder he waited til he last minute to come forward with anything constructive. The Liberal party wants to redistribute wealth. Nothing new here.

As for campaign ads, the French ones are the best so far, but I like the English concept
Why am I voting Liberal…because I don’t believe in paying rich people to have nannies.

6 Commentaires:

Blogger PhillyC a dit...

If you are all about the welfare state Antonio, why don't you ever push Liberals to do more for the masses?

It's because you only care about them being in power, it isn't really about the issues. You like the status quo, you don't want to take any risks and push the Liberals to do the right thing for fear of them losing power. You are positioning yourself to be a bourgeois MP, representing the status quo since the system is about maintaining the party line. As a result, you only criticize the Tories and the NDP.

It sounds like you should be with the NDP considering your political views.

Here is their website. Perhaps you will campaign for them this election?

12/05/2005 3:28 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

The Liberal policy over the past 18 months has been mostly for the masses

Health Care
Child Care
Tax Cuts for Low-Income Canadians

The NDP are an established group of whiners

They should join the Liberals and make our leftist vote stronger. That way, a better vision for Canada will stay in charge

12/05/2005 3:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Erik Sorenson a dit...

It comes down to a choice, because the LPC and CPC amounts are the same, less the bureaucratic rake-off (off the top) at federal, provincial and municipal levels under the Liberal plan:

Do you want to use the money for the daycare YOU want, at any time of day, in any place in Canada, no matter if you pay taxes or not? Or,

Do you want to receive daycare some day in the future, at a state-designated daycare centre, during 9-5 only, only in some parts of Canada ... all except lower-income folks who are off the tax rolls?

I say "some time in the future" because the Liberals have trotted out this turkey in every one of the elections over the past 13 years. And we are still waiting for daycare spaces.

Seems like a simple, easy choice to me!

12/06/2005 3:51 p.m.  
Blogger Tyler King a dit...

This time they've got agreements with all 10 provinces, as well as the money budgeted in the federal budget legislation. Sounds pretty serious to me.

12/06/2005 4:33 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

If Tommy Douglas said lets give money to people to pay for their own health care, and let them pay for health, we would have quite the problem

12/07/2005 11:20 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Good points Antonio.

As a fellow Italian who also grew up in Montreal, I salute you and your comment.

By the way, have you witnessed what is happening in Montreal vis a vis the Frulla and her Spaghetti sauce issue?

The Bloc Quebecois candidate Thierry St Cyr should win stupid statement of the campaign award.

Check it out, it will be worth your time I assure you.


Offended Italian Canadian

12/19/2005 5:34 a.m.  

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