*edit, January 4, 2013 – As often happens when I review old posts, I have found dead links here and there and, in this post, a dead link and a hi-jacked link. It’s a sick world. I’m talking about lost jobs and someone hijacks my link to point it to some strange site that invites people with money to shop. Also, the link to Ish Theilheimer’s article misses the intended target, which is less surprising. Straight Goods has folded, although I thought the old articles were to be archived and reachable on rabble.ca. I have found what might be the study that Ish, who doesn’t think that Europe has experienced war since World War 2, linked to: “Canada-EU free trade deal could cost up to 150,000 Canadian jobs: study” – See more at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/canada-eu-free-trade-deal-could-cost-150000-canadian-jobs-study#sthash.461OChNW.dpuf
“Canada-EU free trade deal could cost up to 150,000 Canadian jobs: study” – by Ish Theilheimer
Scott Sinclair’s study is worth digging into also:
“Negotiating From Weakness” by Scott Sinclair
An excerpt from the above CCPA article (Jim’s study) follows:
A Canada-EU free trade deal would create a huge trade deficit for Canada, resulting in the loss of up to 150,000 Canadian jobs, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
The study, by economist and CCPA Research Associate Jim Stanford, models three scenarios to provide a range of estimates regarding the likely impacts of EU-Canada free trade. In every case, Canada’s bilateral trade balance worsens significantly. The simulations suggest an incremental loss of between 28,000 and 150,000 Canadian jobs.
– See more at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/canada-eu-free-trade-deal-could-cost-150000-canadian-jobs-study#sthash.461OChNW.dpuf
Have you heard of the Canada-EU free trade deal? No? It doesn’t surprise me. Those things aren’t given much air time by the corporate owned media and why would they be? They are nasty, antisocial arrangements between corporatocracy governments designed to do one thing only, namely extend and entrench exploitative neoliberal capitalism. Free trade deals are really just corporate charters of rights. The corporatocracy never stops seeking more freedom and power, and because it views the people as the enemy, it’s happy to get it’s freedom and power by taking it from the people.
Bosses like high unemployment. As I’ve explained before, it disciplines labor. When you don’t have good paying jobs, with job security and benefits, floating around you are less inclined to respond to the abuses of your employer by quitting your job. And the boss is less inclined to try to keep you by treating you fairly.
Are immigrants solely responsible for jobs being lost to Canada-born Canadians? In fact, Are immigrants ‘guilty’ of anything? Our corporatist ‘leaders’ and their partners in the private sector cause mayhem in developing countries, sending their workers into a tailspin and in search of the means of survival, wherever that search may take them. Many come here and, after putting their noses to the grindstone and lifting themselves up, the way rightwingers claim that they want to see people do, they are often then met with hostility from the domestic population, whipped up by those same rightwing politicians.
I know that you people have your challenges, namely propaganda and a brutal work culture that leaves you drained and distracted, and there’s the requirement to show your devotion to capitalism by focussing on spending when you’re not self-tranquilizing in some other fashion, But for gosh sakes think critically more often! Think critically about this. Be decent. Be fair. I promise you, a few bad apples notwithstanding, Immigrants to Canada don’t have bad intentions like your ‘leaders’ here.
But they are vulnerable and, because they are politically powerless and unwilling to make waves in their new home, easy to put down. It’s easy for angry citizens to take their anger out on the immigrants in their communities. Our powerful political class is harder to diss in any serious fashion, because we ‘do’ have mechanisms by which we can take our grievances and seek to have them addressed. Go to a community meeting where such issues are being discussed. Voice your concern to the local political representative there. Form or join a group to advocate for the changes you feel are needed. Whatever. Therefore, Like a loudmouth whose bluff is called, people won’t complain in any serious fashion about the problem of immigrants and the need for politicians to do something about them because they know that they would be called upon to do something about their grievances. At which point… The hockey game is on.
There’s a lot more reportage in the media about immigration than impending free trade deals. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t talk about immigration, or taxes, or deficits, etc.. (Although I would always want a discussion where we don’t just hear from rightwingers who are happy to serve power and special interests in return for screwing their neighbors – you and me. Hello Rob Ford!) But, While you’re getting worked up about whatever the corporate-owned media wants you to get worked up about, such as immigrants stealing jobs away from Canada-born Canadians, you may want to care enough and be fair-minded enough to start asking for some discussion and transparency in connection with the free trade deals that our corporatist ‘leaders’ are setting up without any regard for what we the people want or need. What do you think?