By Letter to the Editor on August 1, 2017.
I was born and raised a Western Canadian. My family were ranchers, in small business, engineers; practical down-to earth-people, conservatives.
Something has changed. “Free” was something you didn’t have to work overtime to get. Kids were free, not harassed and consumed with competition. Politicians worked to make things better for people, not profit. Today’s Conservatives try to be like “tea partiers,” going to the States to study the language.
Why do we see Conservatives going to the U.S. to complain about Khadr’s settlement? They act like the kid who complained about being “punched back first.” They talk about the middle class but hire themselves out to the billionaire one per cent. Investors are more about takeovers to melt down Canadian business for the gold. Workers have become invisible (until the sewage backs up and the lights go out).
The Conservatives are spokesmen for the really big rip-offs, the hundreds of millions in annual CEO salaries and bonuses. Big-buck specialists are stealing employees’ pensions, and then bankrupting companies. Conservatives hope to shift the spotlight from their failure to defend Canadians abused around the world when they were in power. Corporate thieves want no interference from elected people. They don’t see people at all, they see numbers.
We don’t use Canadian money any more – it’s not good enough. We have to borrow foreign money and pay huge interest. Our pensions are too busy offshore, apparently swimming for their lives. We have to sell the country to pay for life preservers after the government shut down the Bank of Canada in 1975. Trudeau started an “infrastructure bank” for foreigners’ money to own our roads and rivers. Shareholders will tell us when business is not profitable enough in Canada, and move it elsewhere. Governments subsidize business to serve people, but corporations prey on people.
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