I Had A Waking Nightmare…

Say No To Bill 267…that I went to the hospital but the nurses were on strike … and the NDP anti-scab legislation wouldn’t let the hospital hire people to fill in.

…that I walked my kids to school through a foot high pile of trash, fighting off the seagulls, and hoisting my daughter on my shoulders so the rats wouldn’t bite her ankles … because the NDP anti-scab legislation means when the city garbage men went on strike we couldn’t hire replacements.

… that a blogburst to stop the NDP anti-scab legislation didn’t work.

When a man or woman belong to a union, they have a right to strike. They have a right to step up and say to the man “I don’t want what you’re giving.”

But on that token, I would never, ever, ever want to tell someone who runs a company or organization that they can not ensure they operate by hiring whomever they want.

And I would never, ever, ever want to tell someone who has been out of work that if an opportunity came along for them to find a half decent job to help pay the bills or put food on the table for their family that they can’t take that job because of Jack Layton’s anti-scab proposed legislation.

Just Say No To Bill C-257. Call your MP to let them know what you think about this bill that takes the freedom to work away from people who want a job.

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13 thoughts on “I Had A Waking Nightmare…

  • February 26, 2007 at 11:38 pm
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    I’m sorry to say this, but your waking nightmare is impossible. Why? Because of a little piece of paper called the Canadian Constitution, which divides powers between the provinces.

    Because of this division of powers, federal labour legislation can only affect certain industries that fall into the federal sphere of power, examples being broadcasting, telecommunications, chartered banks, postal service, airports and air transportation, shipping and navigation, inter-provincial or international transportation, or any business in the Territories or in First Nation lands.

    So your hospital example. That would be under provincial labour legislation. Same with the garbage collection example.

    It’s fine to be against anti-scab legislation, but please be truthful about its scope and effects.

  • February 27, 2007 at 2:15 am
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    I guess that was one of those smackdowns that you’re always talking about.

  • February 27, 2007 at 6:50 am
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    Northern BC Dipper (#3) It’s a shame that providing childcare spaces is not in federal jurisdiction. I suppose your Party will be changing it’s view on this subject pronto and move to support money directly to parents (i.e. a tax break which IS in federal jurisdiction). While you are at it, you can take that extension that the federal government pays for the continued operation of a safe injection clinic for heroin addicts (a health concern) and turn it into a prison for heroin addicts (federal jurisdiction).

    Don’t forget to come to Ottawa and protest the Municipal money that goes into the “free crack pipe” program that is meant to reduce Hep C and HIV among drug addicts. That too is a provincial concern.

    Rob (#4) Now THAT was a smackdown.

  • February 27, 2007 at 10:12 am
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    TrustOnlyMulder (#4)

    I am quite aware how the federal government has an effect on provincial matters by the use of monetary “incentives”. The provinces in the end still have the final say.

    However, my previous point still stands. If you read the anti-scab legislation you’ll notice that it is an amendment to the Canada Labour Act, which only affects certain industries that fall into the federal sphere of power, examples being broadcasting, telecommunications, chartered banks, postal service, airports and air transportation, shipping and navigation, inter-provincial or international transportation, or any business in the Territories or in First Nation lands.

    And I didn’t see any changes to the Canada Labour Act to make it apply to provincial matters or any spending of federal money to encourage the provincial governments to adopt anti-scab legislation.

    So, unless I’m missing something here, your waking nightmare is still moot and my point stands.

  • February 27, 2007 at 7:25 pm
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    Northern BC Dipper (#5) I had a waking nightmare that CUPW went on strike and pensioners, welfare recipients and people on E.I. could not get their checks and had the electric bills turned off. I had a waking nightware that airport workers went on strike and business was frozen around Canada dramatically reducing our GDP which in turn reduced the tax intake which in turn reduced the ability for the government to provide adequate service and programs.

    I noticed you did not address my point on childcare. Are you a supporter of the $100 per month per child under six via child tax credit or do you prefer federally funded childcare spaces when childcare is not a federal jurisdiction?

  • February 27, 2007 at 7:59 pm
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    TrustOnlyMulder (#6)

    Sounds like that waking nightmare could work.

    As for the childcare, I would see federal childcare as being something similar to health care as the provinces implement it and the feds give money to the provinces, the money being conditional on the meeting of certain requirements.

    Am I a supporter of such a scheme, or the CPC model? I’d say I’d be split between the two. Federally funded daycare does one a fat lot of good if you live in a rural area far from a daycare, or if a family is lucky enough to have a parent present to take care of the children. Then again, having an extra $100 does not help one much if they live in a urban area, both parents working, and either cannot get space in a daycare or can’t afford to do so.

    The more I think about it, the more I think it might be easier to just give money to the provinces, conditional on providing some type of childcare. If the province wants to use the money to create a childcare system like Quebec, then fine. If the provinces wants to give $100 to the parents for every child under 6, then that’s fine too. Unfortunately, such a system has a caveat of pleasing nobody (at least in the federal realm).

    In short, I like to see a childcare system, but I don’t want some kind of Frankenstein-like national system cobbled together by federal dollars that will become impossible to administer in the future. Maybe it should be left to the provinces.

  • February 27, 2007 at 10:20 pm
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    Or maybe it should be left to the PEOPLE?? I for one plan on working hard and earning an honest living to provide for my family. My fiance is a highschool teacher and plans on staying at home to take care of the kids until they go to school. I support that 100%. Why should I have to pay for YOUR childcare spaces?

    Will I have a bigscreen TV ever? Likely not but to me, family comes first and I think too many parents these days forget that having a parent at home during the crucial young years is very important for their growth.

    I like the Harper vision very much. At least families like mine (to be..) won’t be FORCED to pay for childcare that I won’t even be using.

    It should all be fully privatized and families themselves can DECIDE how to raise their children.

    And if taxes continue to be lowered (I got $2100 MORE BACK from my tax return this year thanks to the Conservative gov’t), add to that the monthly child benefit plan etc etc, more and more families would be able to afford private child care.

  • February 27, 2007 at 10:42 pm
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    Got any kids Northern BC Dipper?? Well I’ll give you my $100 and you give me yours and we’ll call it even.

  • February 28, 2007 at 1:08 am
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    Am I the only one seeing the irony of this thread when taken in conjunction with this article?

  • February 28, 2007 at 7:43 pm
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    Candace, that is priceless. Let’s let the NDP in power so they can put all our tax dollars into daycare and then allow daycare workers to go on strike without any replacement workers allowed.

    That’s just precious!!!

    Great comment!

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