*edit, April 30, 2012 – I’m going to correct a couple of small typos. It’s not necessary I suppose, but they are causing me… a mental itch. I left out the second closing quotation mark in some of my commentary below the online posts. *Show humility and say “I made a mistake and change course* now looks like *Show humility and say “I made a mistake” and change course.* Also, I’ve never liked North American spelling and I have issues with NA punctuation and form also (including in the area of single and double quotation marks). It’s lazy. Some of the British punctuation and spelling was there for a reason. Two consonants often signal short vowels before and after them. So I ignore NA spelling, mostly, and do it my way – and then I go and get it wrong (below). I will change ‘beneffiting’ to ‘benefitting’, which I intended. (NA goes with ‘benefiting’, which, to my eye, should be pronounced ben i fighting where the connecting ‘i’ is short.) Blame it on old age.
One of my online posts for the above linked-to article was disappeared.
The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to article:
There is an implicit bargain in Canada regarding immigration. Canadians agree to welcome newcomers. In return, the government agrees not to use immigrants to drive down the wages of those already living here…
And it is a bargain that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are deliberately setting out to break.
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley made the break specific this week when she announced that Ottawa will now let employers pay temporary foreign workers less than Canadians…
In last month’s federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said employers would have to make every effort to hire unemployed Canadians before they’d be allowed to bring in temporary foreign workers.
But in reality, the federal Conservative government’s entire immigration policy is geared to just one goal: lowering wages.
My two online responses to the above linked-to article follows:
Riches For The Strongest
Don’t you just love these godless, perverted corporatocracy governments that stand on law & order patforms? Regular people, especially those with children, like the idea of law and order that will ensure a safe, peaceful country. And they have no thought that they can only be safe by making others unsafe. Elites and their tools see law and order as a means of control. They first sell themselves to us by promising to champion law and order. Then they (capitalists and their like-minded political tools) proceed to strategically break unwritten and written laws in order to gain advantages and the power to guarantee outcomes – for their class. They are the opposite of honest, as the words coming from their spokespersons attest. Carol Goar’s been quiet on this file for a while, I see. She penned “No way to treat a guest worker,” in 2007. (http://bit.ly/IGGEZ4)
See Aylwin Lo’s reportage on the travails of migrant laborers here: http://bit.ly/KjEpYF. See Tyler Shipley’s account of the Canadian state’s attack on workers here: http://bit.ly/zldRmG. The Canadian government, taking it’s marching order[s] from powerful segments of the private sector, has it’s own, privileged place in the mafia capitalist system dominated by uncle Sam, who ‘may’ leave you alone provided you don’t threaten that system [benefitting] elites and their tools. Like uncle Sam, who bullies the world, Canada tells other (traitorous or weak) governments how to shape their laws affecting exploitative Canadian companies. The attack by the Canadian state on workers elsewhere isn’t primarily a racist thing, because that attack is part of global attack on the working class that includes Canadian citizens. Elsewhere, paramilitaries are part of capitalists’ reward to exploited workers. Here, so far, Deathtrap vans and unsafe working conditions are ‘part’ of the migrant workers’ reward.
To Dennis99: You’re correct of course. What I see is a corporatocracy that likes a fight – as long as it’s sure it can win. Capturing governments and by extension their police, armies and assorted security services may tend to make you confident in that regard. Being macho, Elites and their political tools love to push the people around, even beyond what’s bearable. At the unbearable point, where people start fighting back, sometimes competently and sometimes not, the state and it’s police get joyfully brutal. Except that now their joy is compounded, and our misery deeper, because they’ve been working on a security surveillance network that’s mostly complete ‘and’ pushing through draconian laws that will allow them to use it freely. OWS is like a newborn cast in a ditch in the rain in the dark. God, however, is another matter.
Jim Flaherty’s idea of making every effort to hire unemployed Canadians before bringing in temporary foreign workers is to make less of an effort, as Carol Goar tells us. I’m no fan of Carol Goar (who wrings her hands over the plight of poor people and then helps sell free trade agreements that entrench poverty and constitute an attack on the working class) and don’t even read her anymore, but I still have lots of her past, mostly good, articles copied and pasted, including “No way to treat a guest worker,” which she wrote in 2007. In it she noted that:
“We used to look askance at European countries that brought in guest workers from Turkey and North Africa to do the dirty jobs no one else wanted.
“These migrants were segregated from the rest of the population and not allowed to become citizens.
“Canada would never treat people that way, we told ourselves, overlooking the fact that we’d been bringing in seasonal farm workers from Mexico and the Caribbean since the mid-’70s…
“In 2002, the government took another step toward a two-tiered labour force. It launched the Low Skill Pilot Project, allowing employers facing serious labour shortages to bring in foreign workers for up to 12 months.
“As demand increased, the government expanded the program and loosened the eligibility criteria. It enlarged the number of “occupations under pressure” for which foreign workers could be recruited. It reduced the time a job had to be advertised in Canada from six weeks to seven days. It set up processing centres in Calgary and Edmonton to fast-track applications. And it allowed employers to keep their foreign “temporaries” for 24 months. But they still had to go home.” (my bolding)
Murray Dobbin, echoing information in another article about temporary foreign workers written later by Carol Goar (also 2007), added some interesting information to the discussion on migrant and immigrant labor in his (October 2, 2005) Toronto Star article titled “What fuels immigration.” Consider:
“There is obviously nothing wrong with increased immigration. But we should be aware of what’s actually driving it.
“The immigration numbers aren’t being increased out of any altruistic goal of enhancing our cultural diversity. It’s driven by the social impact of Liberal economic policies…
“While Canada is supposed to compete internationally based on its comparative advantage, pressure from corporate lobbyists would have us compete by lowering wages as well. They succeeded with Paul Martin as finance minister. His policies of “labour flexibility” had the desired effect of stagnating real wages for almost a decade.
“The social consequences have been devastating. A Health Canada study has described the pace of work in Canada as “completely unsustainable.” The National Work-Life Conflict Study, released in July 2002, revealed that in 1992, 38 per cent of the workforce was “highly stressed.” By 2002, that number was 55 per cent. Family life is “virtually non-existent,” said the study, and families are delaying having children, and having fewer of them.
“This is the consequence of a neo-liberal ideology that has turned common sense on its head. Thirty years ago, full employment and high wages were societal goals and it was simply assumed that the economy served society at large. Today, there is no talk of full employment and Canada has the second highest percentage of low-wage jobs of any OECD country.
“Neo-liberal conventional wisdom now poses the question: What is good for the economy? The answer is maxed-out workers, vulnerable families and minimal government. While Canadians sacrifice their health and family life in the interests of “the economy,” the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO work their perverse market magic on the global south, reducing it to a source of raw materials and cheap labour. The resulting desperation fuels the desire to emigrate to the West…
“We cut university funding and allow tuition fees for working and middle-class students to skyrocket, denying access to many. Then we poach the educated people of the global south, (40 per cent of immigrants to Canada have university degrees) robbing desperate countries of the people they need to build modern societies. IMF and World Bank policies mean these countries can’t afford to pay their own university graduates a decent salary.”
Dobbin also explains that after that obscene attack on civil society and the social democratic values Canadians once worked hard to translate into a social democratic, civilized country, the politicians then screwed up their own antisocial program by making it very difficult for the better educated, professional immigrants (whose countries couldn’t afford to lose them and who our country shouldn’t be in need of) to get work in their fields, let alone at a decent pay rate.
Then again, You can never have enough chaos. It helps to preserve law & order governments and the uncaring elites who they work with to screw the people. Just because. Keep the people off balance, distracted, freaked out and drained of energy and it will make it very hard for them to get organized and effectively defend themselves against your demon-inspired attack on them. That’s the theory.
Of course, That attack is also against God himself. Faithless humans need to disbelieve in a real God, as long as they’ve decided to walk a path they know he would not approve of. (This falls under the category of ‘dissonance reducing behavior’. When our deeds contradict the good self-image we prefer, we have two options: 1. Show humility and say “I made a mistake” and change course. 2. Don’t change course and deal with the cognitive dissonance – mental itch – by coming up with justifications and rationalizations that reduce the dissonance. See the wikipedia entries for Leon Festinger and Elliot Aronson.) As their crimes increase in frequency and intensity, they become braver. They are pumped. “See. There’s no God! We’re God. And free! Whew!” Stay tuned losers. You like a fight, with the defenceless people. We know that. We also know that we would get that fight whether we fought back or not. Like pushy, hard to control goats, there’s no calming you. Provoked or unprovoked, you attack. For now.
The fascists are doing what fascists do, attacking everyone and every righteous principle. Stephen Harper, like all macho, destructive, bloodthirsty fascist rulers, is drunk with power and fools himself into thinking that he is proving to himself that he’s God or else God would stop him. He ramps up the evil just to be sure. “Maybe God just hasn’t been pushed hard enough.” Talk about nuts! Talk about darkness!
“And they worshipped the dragon because it gave the authority to the wild beast, and they worshipped the wild beast with the words: “Who is like the wild beast and who can do battle with it?”” – Revelation 13:4
“However, There also arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them seemed to be greatest. But he said to them: “The kings of the nations lord it over them and those having authority over them are called Benefactors. You, though, are not to be that way. But let he who is the greatest among you become as the youngest and let the one acting as chief be as the one ministering.” – Luke 22:24-26
“No one can slave for two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches.” – Matthew 6:24