I try to keep politics off the blog as much as possible but if you’ve ever had the ‘joy’ of speaking with me in real life you probably know very well how concerned I am with the ongoing state of our Canadian economy. My biggest worry has always been the rate at which Agriculture and Manufacturing jobs have been shipped away to countries who, by paying their employees pennies a day, can offer far cheaper labor. Long story short, jobs continue to leave the country and as job losses continue to grow we’re entering a situation where a great deal of Canadians won’t be able to buy the goods that are being shipped back into our country for consumption. As unemployment grows so does the lack of demand for goods and services within our country, which will cause more unemployment.
The Harper government implemented a corporate tax cut to encourage job growth but more than 30,000 jobs were lost in July alone because a corporate tax cut does not increase demand for goods and services (meaning there’s no reason to hire new workers). When the housing market crashes and developers are forced to stop turning farmland into suburban wasteland there’s going to be an incredible number of skilled-trades people who are out of work. I don’t want to get all heavy on you, but I think as the world changes we need to stand up for our rights as a nation, we deserve better than to spend tens of thousands of dollars on educations we were told we NEEDED to make a life for ourselves and then end up bartending or working at McDonalds for the indefinite future. We need to think about the future of our environment and what we’re leaving behind for future generations. We need to live in a place where we’re not so reliant on foreign goods as our standard of living continues to deteriorate.
Just some things to think about… forgive me for ranting.